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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
patents for open innovation
The flood of software patents has created an environment where companies are afraid that innovation leads to being hit by patent lawsuits. Every dollar spent fighting patent trolls and or waging patent wars is a dollar not spent researching, developing, and creating jobs. The situation is so bad... Read more
0 comments Posted 17 Apr 2013 by Daniel Nazer Feed
digital content
[The public domain] is the basis of our self-understanding as expressed by our shared knowledge and culture. It is the raw material from which new knowledge is derived and new cultural works are created. [..] Having a healthy and thriving Public Domain is essential to the social and economic well-... Read more
0 comments Posted 11 Apr 2013 by Jen Wike Huger (Red Hat) Feed
make things better
Late last year, I wrote about the EFF’s project to leverage the Patent Office’s new Preissuance Submissions procedure to promote open 3D printing technology. Here we are, several months later, and the fight for open 3D printing continues. Now, the EFF has partnered with Ask Patents to facilitate... Read more
0 comments Posted 4 Apr 2013 by Jared Engstrom (Red Hat) Feed
patent reform
In the latest evidence of the growing recognition that our patent system needs reform, last week the House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet held an informative and well-attended hearing on "Abusive Patent Litigation". House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte... Read more
3 comments Posted 20 Mar 2013 by Mark Bohannon (Red Hat) Feed
trademarks
UPDATE: In a March 22 press release, the PSF announced that the parties have reached an amicable resolution. According to the PSF, "Veber has withdrawn its trademark filing and has agreed to support the [PSF's] use of the term". Veber will rebrand its Python cloud server and backup services. For... Read more
1 comment Posted 26 Feb 2013 by Richard Fontana (Red Hat) Feed

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