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M$’s Tax On Android/Linux

Here we go again. The soon-to-expire-of-old-age software patent on long filenames is bouncing around German courts and was ruled invalid… “Microsoft’s FAT (File Allocation Table) patent, which concerns a "common name space for long and short filenames" was invalidated on … Continue reading

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Supremes Take Aim At Software-patents, Finally

Finally, the uproar about software-patents has penetrated to the inner sanctum of the US Supreme Court. They can no longer fiddle while Rome burns. Being able to repatent the entirety of human history by putting some idea into software will … Continue reading

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Death-Spiral Of Software Patents

You know the story. Give flies, mice, baboons or patent-lawyers the perfect environment and they will be fruitful and multiply until we all starve to death or something drastic happens. “Between 2007 and 2011, two-thirds of defendants in patent litigation … Continue reading

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M$ Goes All-in As a Patent Troll

Unlike some patent-trolls who do nothing but sue and threaten to sue, M$ now has a token-smartphone factory, Nokia. 2-3% share is “practising” but the announced deal is really about the patents, valid or not… “Microsoft will have the most … Continue reading

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Banning Software Patents

Governments shouldn’t have to do this. It’s obvious that software is obvious and subject to copyright. Software has to be obvious or stupid computes wouldn’t be able to figure out what has to be done. Software is obvious like telephone … Continue reading

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When Is Prior Art Not Prior Art? When The US Federal Circuit Ignores It.

“Secondary considerations evidence can establish that “an invention appearing to have been obvious in light of the prior art was not” and may be “the most probative and cogent evidence in the record.” Transocean, 699 F.3d at 1349 (quoting Stratoflex, … Continue reading

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Another Chink In The Wall Of Software Patents

“On Friday the 7th of June the German Parliament decided upon a joint motion to limit software patents (see English translation by BIKT). The Parliament urges the German Government to take steps to limit the granting of patents on computer … Continue reading

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Google And Apple Cooperate

It’s cute to see Apple and Google cooperating, at least on applications for mobile devices: That’s the way IT/tech companies should work. It’s much more efficient than suing each other. Only a couple of years ago, Apple’s Steve delayed death … Continue reading

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Diagnosis From USA Federal Circuit – Software Patents Are Sick

“Let’s be clear: if all of these claims, including the system claims, are not patent-eligible, this case is the death of hundreds of thousands of patents, including all business method, financial system, and software patents as well as many computer … Continue reading

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Stop Granting Software Patents

That’s a good idea according to the German parliament. It should be obvious that software is a copyright work and should not be patentable. Software patents are an illegal extension of copyright power into vague and controversial forms. “Software patents … Continue reading

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Rotten Apple Is Shrinking

Apple v Samsung is not over yet… “The claim 19 of the ‘381 patent that Apple relied upon so heavily against Samsung at trial, the bounce back patent, has now been finally rejected by the USPTO, as it ruled there … Continue reading

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IBM on The Wrong Side of Software-Patents Issue

A company as productive of real inventions as IBM should be ashamed to support software-patents but that’s what they do in a recent amicus brief: “That the vast majority of computer-implemented inventions are patent eligible is beyond debate. Computer-implemented inventions … Continue reading

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