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Mobile patent wars and Linux in context
Mobile Linux platforms are making incredible inroads into the emerging smartphone market. The market leading position that Apple developed and which seemed insurmountable just 18 months ago has now been eclipsed by the Android platform, alone. As the MeeGo smartphone platform enters the market this... Read more
1 comment Posted 25 Aug 2011 by Keith Bergelt Feed
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0 comments Posted 16 Aug 2011 by Colin Dodd (Red Hat) Feed
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0 comments Posted 16 Aug 2011 by Colin Dodd (Red Hat) Feed
Platform wars: software patents in a new light
I recently wrote about the $4.5 billion auction for Nortel's portfolio of 6,000 patents that went to a consortium that included Apple, Microsoft, and RIM (Blackberry) -- three of four smartphone platforms. In the wake of this sale, Interdigital has contemplated monetizing its portfolio of 8,... Read more
0 comments Posted 15 Aug 2011 by Brian Kahin Feed
The software patent debate sometimes seems awfully one-sided. Passionate opponents carefully explain that software patents hinder innovation and supporters of the status quo ignore their arguments. Meanwhile, vast sums of money that could be used for innovation are diverted by patent lawsuits of... Read more
9 comments Posted 8 Aug 2011 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
With a recent op-ed in the Economist and a segment on NPR's Planet Money, it seems as if an awareness of the high cost of the outmoded, traditional patent system is finally creeping into the mainstream.
0 comments Posted 2 Aug 2011 by Colin Dodd (Red Hat) Feed
With a recent op-ed in the Economist and a segment on NPR's Planet Money, it seems as if an awareness of the high cost of the outmoded, traditional patent system is finally creeping into the mainstream.
0 comments Posted 2 Aug 2011 by Colin Dodd (Red Hat) Feed
When the Supreme Court declined to speak to software patenting in the Bilski case, there was wailing and gnashing of teeth in the open source software world. The new Bilski test for patentable subject matter looked at first like the status quo for software patentability. But, being the sort of... Read more
7 comments Posted 18 Jul 2011 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
This is the second part of a two-part article critiquing the output of Project Harmony.
20 comments Posted 11 Jul 2011 by Richard Fontana (Red Hat) Feed
Harmony, the Canonical-led effort to provide a comprehensive suite of contributor agreements for open source projects, has quietly released its version 1.0, a year after Canonical general counsel Amanda Brock announced the initiative on opensource.com. During most of that year, Harmony's... Read more
22 comments Posted 7 Jul 2011 by Richard Fontana (Red Hat) Feed

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