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patent reform
If you guessed that they are all big in California—well, you're kinda right. But the more significant answer is that they are part of a growing broad array of the US economy that have united together to strongly encourage Congress to address abuses of the legal system by Patent Assertion Entities (... Read more
0 comments Posted 23 Jul 2013 by Mark Bohannon (Red Hat) Feed
open source and copyright law
Software is protected by copyright law in the U.S. and many other countries. Anyone that wrote the software, owns the copyright and can say how it is used. [NOT saying how it can be used does NOT remove your responsibility as the owner, even if you don't care.] People sometimes give up their... Read more
5 comments Posted 17 Jul 2013 by Stephen R. Walli Feed
patent litigation
Open source community members and most everyone else involved in software are concerned about patent lawsuits and the activities of non-practicing entities (NPEs). While we all have a sense from personal experience or by reading the news that patent litigation and NPEs are a large and growing... Read more
0 comments Posted 8 Jul 2013 by David Perry (Red Hat) Feed
patent litigation aggressors
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) appears to be ramping up for an investigation of Patent Assertion Entity (PAE) practices. In a noteworthy, welcome development, FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez recently gave a significant policy speech outlining a roadmap for possible FTC action. Chairwoman Ramirez’s... Read more
1 comment Posted 1 Jul 2013 by Mark Bohannon (Red Hat) Feed
government and patent law
Congress is beginning to focus on the abusive use of patents by Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs) with new legislative proposals. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and a wide variety of witnesses highlighted the PAE problem in hearings last winter. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman... Read more
4 comments Posted 24 Jun 2013 by Mark Bohannon (Red Hat) Feed
patent reform
On Friday June 7, 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 programs. Software should exclusively be covered by copyright, and... Read more
Patent reform
The White House on Tuesday announced a broad set of legislative recommendations for Congress and executive actions aimed at thwarting abusive patent infringement lawsuits.
2 comments Posted 6 Jun 2013 by Bryan Behrenshausen (Red Hat) Feed
Software patents: a note on the new CLS Bank case
The law of software patents took an interesting, and ultimately encouraging, turn a little more than a week ago. In the CLS Bank case, ten judges of the Federal Circuit issued five separate opinions, without any single legal theory gaining a majority. Their debate showed that the scope of the... Read more
6 comments Posted 20 May 2013 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
open source hardware trademark
On April 19th the United States Patent and Trademark Office finally rejected an application for the trademark open source hardware. The grounds for the rejection were that the term was "merely descriptive." Trademarks are intended to identify a specific source of goods or services, protecting that... Read more
2 comments Posted 16 May 2013 by Rowan Wilson Feed
licensing intellectual property
Copyright, copyleft, or copy none? The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is concerned that some open source software developers are not choosing a license for their work, so they want to educate software developers and anyone else working on open source projects that simply not choosing a license is not... Read more
5 comments Posted 2 May 2013 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed

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