Law

software patents
This fall, I went to Amsterdam to talk about "How Software Patents Are Delaying The Future", on a discussion panel organised by the European Patent Office. The other people on the panel were patent attorney Simon Davies, and Ioannis Bozas, a patent examiner at the EPO. The panel was moderated by... Read more
0 comments Posted 26 Nov 2012 by Karsten Gerloff Feed
patent reform
While almost no one thinks that the America Invents Act (AIA) will completely solve America’s patent problems, there are a few provisions in the AIA that may be useful tools in limiting and/or preventing bad patents. One of these tools is the newly implemented Preissuance Submission procedure,... Read more
3 comments Posted 5 Nov 2012 by Jared Engstrom (Red Hat) Feed
patent struggle
We talk a lot about what might be done to fix the problems of software patents, but not much about abolishing them. Abolition seems well-nigh impossible, given current economic and political realities. Serious economists and respected financial institutions don’t usually discuss it publicly. Thus,... Read more
40 comments Posted 29 Oct 2012 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
creative commons
Creative Commons helps you share your knowledge and creativity with the world develops, supports and stewards legal and technical infrastructure maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and innovation
3 comments Posted 11 Oct 2012 by Jen Wike (Red Hat) Feed
creative commons
Creative Commons helps you share your knowledge and creativity with the world develops, supports and stewards legal and technical infrastructure maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and innovation
3 comments Posted 11 Oct 2012 by Jen Wike (Red Hat) Feed
software patents
This morning the New York Times published a front-page story on software patents. My wife got to the paper before I did, and as I got coffee she told me the story would make me happy. She also said it was too long for a normal busy person to read in its entirety. It is long, but I am happy to see... Read more
7 comments Posted 8 Oct 2012 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
desire path
I had the privilege of working with David Tilbrook almost 25 years ago. He was the first person with whom I ever worked that clearly articulated proper software construction discipline for collaborative endeavours and captured a summary of it under the title, Washing Behind Your Ears: Principles of... Read more
4 comments Posted 27 Sep 2012 by Stephen R. Walli Feed
Patent troll
A new report titled An Overview of the "Patent Trolls" Debate [PDF] is a balanced but ultimately devastating indictment of "patent trolls." It was prepared by the Congressional Research Service for members of Congress, who could actually do something about the "troll" problem. It's a useful primer... Read more
27 comments Posted 24 Sep 2012 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
Creative Commons BY
For people wanting to learn about Creative Commons and its application in different sectors, there is a sea of materials available online. In particular, Creative Commons international affiliates create a huge number of educational resources that cross language and cultural boundaries. A few weeks... Read more
3 comments Posted 13 Sep 2012 by Natalya Berenshteyn Feed
Wright Brothers first flight via NASA
There's an old saying that everyone complains about the weather, but no one does anything about it. The open source community maintains an active voice of indignation when it comes to the harms flowing from bad software patents. So it's worth noting when a leading patent law scholar proposes a... Read more
34 comments Posted 6 Sep 2012 by Jared Engstrom (Red Hat) Feed

Pages