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  • Microsoft Patent Could Hamper E-Mail Authentication Group
    09/17/2004 10:36AM
    Just when you thought SPF was safe to implement ... [article over at Eweek][1] [1]: http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1647115,00.asp ... Read Full Article
  • More Calls for Patent Reform
    09/28/2004 1:26PM
    *From [slashdot][1]: "On the heels of the PriceWaterHouseCoopers [report ][2] about the threat of SoftPats to innovation, comes a [book by a Harvard B School and Brandeis economics professor][3] about how [broken the patent system is in general][4]. In short their book argues that the entire system is a (stunned silenc ... Read Full Article
  • Kodak Wins $1 Billion Java Lawsuit
    10/03/2004 3:03PM
    From the department of the patently absurd, as reported on [Slashdot][1] * "The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle is reporting that Eastman Kodak Company has just [won a patent suit][2] against Sun on the Java Language. According to the article Kodak owns a patent which describes a way for a piece of software to "ask ... Read Full Article
  • Groklaw Rants On Software Patents
    10/03/2004 6:26PM
    [Groklaw][1] rocks. Found this article on [Slashdot.][2] I was saying just earlier today that it's going to take some of these really high-profile cases to elevate the evil that is software patents to a level where it can be understood as a real problem by industry outsiders. Naively one can hope that once it becomes ... Read Full Article
  • Several Publishers Sued for Infringing 3D Patent
    11/02/2004 6:13PM
    From [Slashdot][1]: *"According to a story on GameDaily, law firm McKool Smith is [suing several publishers for infringing their patent][2] on a "Method and Apparatus for Spherical Planning", filed in 1988. Among the companies being sued are several big names, such as Square Enix, Electronic Arts, Vivendi Universal, ... Read Full Article
  • Exactly as predicted - Microsoft starts big business patent haven through cross licensing
    11/08/2004 1:12PM
    I have read countless articles on the subject of how patents only help big business. Exactly as predicted, the largest companies are entering into mass cross licensing deals to establish a mutual safe-haven at the top. This establishes an effective shield against disruptive technologies from smaller companies. Because ... Read Full Article
  • The Patent Wars are set to begin ...
    11/13/2004 1:06PM
    It looks like the patent wars are about to start in earnest ... article over at [groklaw.][1] One can see the demise of the US software industry beginning ... the email that started the discussion is entitled: [Concerns regarding Microsoft's Royalty Free Protocol License Agreement.][2][ ][2] [1]: http://www.grokla ... Read Full Article
  • Tech Giants Bankrolling IP Hoarding Start-Up
    11/14/2004 8:05PM
    *From an [article][1] over at Slashdot: "Microsoft alum Nathan Myhrvold so strongly believes [intellectual property is the next software][2] that he's studying for the patent bar exam. His company, [Intellectual Ventures][3], doesn't actually make anything - only [patent attorneys][4] roam the hallways. Myhrvold isn' ... Read Full Article
  • Microsoft Patents 'IsNot'
    11/19/2004 5:30PM
    From the "What??!" department, an [article ][1]over at Slashdot reports: Milhouse102 writes *"I was just reading an article on The Register about [Microsoft's offshore patent war][2] following Ballmer's recent outburst in Asia. I came across this little nugget, it seems [MS has patented BASIC's IsNot operator][3] ... Read Full Article
  • Ballmer Threatens Linux Patent Lawsuits - updated
    11/19/2004 7:00PM
    From "this is not good" department, an [Article][1] over at Slashdot (where else?): * "Today Microsoft [warned][2] several Asian countries that [using Linux could subject them to lawsuits][3], claiming that Linux violates '228 patents'. Apparently, Steve Ballmer believes he can enforce U.S. law in Asia."* Ballmer i ... Read Full Article
  • Author of Linux Patent Study Contradicts Ballmer
    11/21/2004 3:52PM
    From an [article][1] Slashdot: "An anonymous reader sends us this EWeek story, [following-up][2] on the [recent Linux patent scare][3]. The author of the patent study is contacted, and says, "Open source faces no more, if not less, legal risk than proprietary software. The market needs to understand that the study Mi ... Read Full Article
  • Open Source Biology Initiative
    11/22/2004 12:46PM
    From an [article][1] at SlashDot.org: *"The [Biological Innovation for Open Society][2] (BIOS) initiative aims to make biological technology more readily available to biologists everywhere. The latest genetics and biology tools should be freely available to researchers over the internet, but instead access is typical ... Read Full Article
  • Torvalds trashes EU patent proposal
    11/23/2004 3:53PM
    **F**rom an [article][1] over at news.com: **'"Linux creator Linus Torvalds has appealed to the EU Council to oppose a directive that would make software patentable in Europe." ** "In the interest of Europe, such a deceptive, dangerous and democratically illegitimate proposal must not become the Common Positio ... Read Full Article
  • Tech giants edgy over Web services patent sale
    11/25/2004 12:45PM
    From an [article][1] at News.Com: "The upcoming auction of dozens of key Web services patents in a California bankruptcy case has some big Silicon Valley companies on edge. Among them are Google, Oracle and Sun Microsystems. Attorneys for those and more than a dozen other companies held a powwow this week to discus ... Read Full Article
  • Web services patents fetch $15.5 million
    12/07/2004 9:14AM
    As a followup to an earlier story, and [article][1] over at news.com says: "The patents cover a set of key technical protocols known as Web services, a popular method for exchanging business documents over the Internet. The protocols are in wide use today; Microsoft, IBM and other software companies both large and sm ... Read Full Article
  • How to Fix U.S. Patents
    12/10/2004 12:58AM
    From an [article][1] at slashdot: *"IEEE Spectrum has an interesting article on [how to fix the U.S. patent system][2]. It starts with an example of how broken the system is, with Smuckers suing a small company for crustless PB&J. It has a great overview of how the system has evolved and how much it favors the b ... Read Full Article
  • Torvalds joins in anti-patent attack
    02/02/2005 1:09PM
    On a topic near an dear to my heart Linus Torvalds has joined the fight against the Software Patent Fiasco. Full article [over here.][1] [1]: http://www.techworld.com/applications/news/index.cfm?NewsID=3059 ... Read Full Article
  • Software Patents affecting Trading Companies
    02/24/2005 1:03PM
    From ft.com: Futures exchanges brace for patent suits ... Vanessa Marsland, a Clifford Chance partner in the intellectual property practice, said: “In the US, patent damages can be substantial.” She added: “Independent software vendors may have to reconsider the way they do business, and in particular the wa ... Read Full Article
  • A Hint of Patent Sanity?
    03/03/2005 1:23PM
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    Today an appeals court threw out the "embedded program object" patent infringement judgement against Microsoft. Normally, you wouldn't see me cheering for Microsoft, but this obviously has larger implications. http://www.pcworld.com/news/article/0,aid,119880,00.asp ... Read Full Article
  • Patent Insanity Slams the PS2
    03/28/2005 11:10AM
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    Yet another example of patent extortion.  This time Sony is looking at a $90 million dollar hit. http://www.moroccotimes.com/news/article.asp?id=5162 ... Read Full Article
  • European Software Patents
    04/07/2005 8:34PM
    I've got to find some time to write my "The Problems with Software Patents - Lack of Unambiguous Verifiable Result" article .. I've just been too busy of late. There's an article on [Slashdot.org][1] about  various very popular open source projects that are in serious danger as a result of software pate ... Read Full Article
  • DVR Patents - good article with some background
    04/08/2005 11:19AM
    Another patent dispute article over at [news.com][1]. This one has some good background info on the whole fiasco. [ http://news.com.com/Patent+litigants+target+DVRs/2100-1047_3-5659298.html?tag=nefd.lede][2] [1]: http://www.news.com [2]: http://news.com.com/Patent+litigants+target+DVRs/2100-1047_3-5659298.html?t ... Read Full Article
  • Patent Terrorism
    04/26/2005 5:01PM
    I was testing out the research link features in [Personal Stock Streame][1]r (right click -> Research) while looking at Ebay when I came across this rather interesting article over at [The Motley Fool:][2] [The Rise of the Patent Terrorists][3] When investing sites are starting to talk about real costs / to ... Read Full Article
  • Evaluating A Patent System Gone Awry
    05/05/2005 4:32PM
    Finally! Front page news. Washingtonpost.com has covered in an appropriate tone that mess that is the US patent system: "...A new breed of entrepreneurs -- some call them trolls -- is buying, trading, selling and enforcing patents against companies to extract cash, not to compete in their businesses." ... Read Full Article
  • Some Patent Sanity - at least in Europe
    05/19/2005 1:24PM
    In the glimmer of hope department from Slashdot: *According to story on ZDNet, the European Parliament (EP) has enlisted the help of intellectual property lawyers to [amend the directive on the patentability of computer-implemented inventions][1] so that companies are prevented from patenting pure software. Accord ... Read Full Article