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copyrights on software
Last week the European Court of Justice (ECJ), the highest court in the European Union on matters of EU law, issued a judgment in the case of SAS Institute Inc. v. World Programming Ltd., C-406/10, which was referred to the court for a preliminary ruling by the UK's High Court of Justice for... Read more
0 comments Posted 8 May 2012 by Richard Fontana (Red Hat) Feed
Oracle v. Google shows the folly of U.S. software patent law
Oracle v. Google has all the ingredients of an epic, high-stakes courtroom battle: a damages claim of up to $1 billion over the use of Java in the popular Android operating system, testimony by both Larrys (CEOs Page and Ellison) in the first week alone, and, of course, the disposition of some... Read more
50 comments Posted 24 Apr 2012 by Julie Samuels Feed
Yesterday, the Supreme Court vacated Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics and remanded the case for further consideration in light of last week's Prometheus decision, which stated that the laws of nature are unpatentable. The Myriad case concerns the patentability of the BRCA1... Read more
3 comments Posted 27 Mar 2012 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
Supreme Court
The Supreme Court’s new opinion on patent eligibility is an important step in the right direction in addressing the problem of software patents. It shows that the Court is mindful of the risks that patents can hold for innovation, and will provide a useful precedent for the next big software... Read more
37 comments Posted 23 Mar 2012 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
Pinterest logo
Pinterest is a social site for image sharing around themes that launched in closed beta in March 2010. As the site proceeded through an invite system and finally registration requests, it gained a considerable following and was one of Time's "50 Best Websites of 2011." In January 2012, it drove... Read more
6 comments Posted 7 Mar 2012 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
How patents hinder innovation
Patents may have been created to help encourage innovation, but instead they regularly hinder it. The US Patent Office, overwhelmed and underfunded, issues questionable patents every day. "Patent trolls" buy too many of these patents and then misuse the patent system to shake down companies big... Read more
8 comments Posted 6 Mar 2012 by Electronic Frontier Foundation (Red Hat) Feed
A cure for the common troll
Our bridge into the 21st Century presently houses a nasty creature who demands a toll from the best and brightest in our community. The dreaded troll is a regular denizen of our current system of patent enforcement and he poses serious problems for technology companies. Despite the great expense of... Read more
25 comments Posted 20 Feb 2012 by Anthony Biller Feed
Why the patent system doesn't play well with software: If Eolas went the other
Everyone take a deep breath: it seems we've had a moment of sanity in the patent wars. Last week, a jury invalidated the dangerous Eolas patents, which their owner claimed covered, well, essentially the whole Internet. The patents were originally granted for an invention that helped doctors to view... Read more
9 comments Posted 17 Feb 2012 by Julie Samuels Feed
The first FOSDEM Legal Issues DevRoom
For FOSDEM 2012, held last weekend in Brussels, I had the privilege of co-organizing (with Tom Marble, Karen Sandler, and Bradley Kuhn) the first-ever DevRoom track devoted to discussion of legal issues relating to free/libre/open source software. With several thousand attendees and hundreds of... Read more
14 comments Posted 9 Feb 2012 by Richard Fontana (Red Hat) Feed
ACTA's back
Technology issues are now a matter for citizens of the internet and not just big corporations. Now that the US bills SOPA and PIPA have been put on ice, attention has returned to their parent, an international treaty called ACTA. I've written extensively about ACTA before, but in summary it is an... Read more
3 comments Posted 6 Feb 2012 by Simon Phipps Feed

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