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Lettuce farming field for Open Food Week
On revolutionizing American agribusiness from the ground up, one seed at a time. Could "open source" join the ranks of food labeling like "organic" and "fair trade"? Do patents threaten food security and national security at large? Should governments invest in public plant breeding?
4 comments Posted 17 Nov 2014 by Lisa M. Hamilton Feed
On Gordon Haff's blog, Connections, the senior cloud evangelist for Red Hat talked with Simon Phipps, the president of the Open Source Initiative about U.S. software patent cases and the United Kingdom's decision to make ODF its official document format.
0 comments Posted 26 Aug 2014 by Gordon Haff (Red Hat) Feed
North Carolina became the latest state to take a stand against patent trolls when NC Governor Pat McCrory signed a new law last week aimed at preventing bad faith assertions of patent infringement. Patent trolls (more officially called "patent assertion entities" or "non-practicing entities") are... Read more
2 comments Posted 11 Aug 2014 by Melanie Chernoff (Red Hat) Feed
We live in an age of ever-expanding copyright law. The length of time that elapses before a creative work enters the public domain is now so long that many items published early last century are still protected by copyright.
0 comments Posted 11 Aug 2014 by Joshua Allen Holm Feed
When Versata Software sued Ameriprise Financial Services for breaching its software license, it unwittingly unearthed a GPL violation of its own and touched off another lawsuit that could prove to be a leading case on free and open source software licensing. This post takes a look at the legal... Read more
20 comments Posted 30 Jul 2014 by Aaron Williamson Feed
This morning the U.S. Supreme Court issued an important decision concerning software patents and took a small-but-meaningful step in the right direction. In Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, the Court reaffirmed that abstract ideas are not by themselves patentable and unanimously held that the software at... Read more
3 comments Posted 19 Jun 2014 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is finally on the cusp of its long-anticipated study to examine the harmful effects of Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs).
0 comments Posted 13 Jun 2014 by Mark Bohannon (Red Hat) Feed
Late last month, as you’ve likely read by now, the US Senate Judiciary Committee (SJC) abruptly pulled consideration of a legislative patent reform package from consideration. For this year, at least, the prospect of addressing abusive patent litigation through Congressional action is on ice.
7 comments Posted 12 Jun 2014 by Mark Bohannon (Red Hat) Feed
Patent reform may have stalled this year at the federal level, but patent trolls may soon find their actions curtailed by a number of patent abuse litigation laws that have been passed or are pending in over twenty U.S. states.
4 comments Posted 9 Jun 2014 by Melanie Chernoff (Red Hat) Feed
Did you know that more than twenty U.S. states have patent abuse litigation laws that have been passed or are pending? Find out which states are looking to curb patent trolling practices.
0 comments Posted 9 Jun 2014 by Opensource.com (Red Hat) Feed

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