patents

Elon Musk and crew at Tesla Motors made some big waves last week. In case you missed this recent news roundup, it was announced that Tesla is effectively relinquishing their patent portfolio—particularly around charging stations.
3 comments Posted 24 Jun 2014 by Travis Kepley (Red Hat) Feed
This morning the U.S. Supreme Court issued an important decision concerning software patents and took a small-but-meaningful step in the right direction. In Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, the Court reaffirmed that abstract ideas are not by themselves patentable and unanimously held that the software at... Read more
3 comments Posted 19 Jun 2014 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
Did you know that more than twenty U.S. states have patent abuse litigation laws that have been passed or are pending? Find out which states are looking to curb patent trolling practices.
0 comments Posted 9 Jun 2014 by Opensource.com (Red Hat) Feed
patent trolls
Patent trolling—the aggressive assertion of weak or meritless patent claims by non-practicing entities—is a frequent target of disdain from open source enthusiasts. Thus it may be of some comfort to readers that the highest court in the US has recently decided the issue is worth looking into. Three... Read more
1 comment Posted 30 Apr 2014 by Adam Saunders Feed
Lulzbot 3D printer cluster
The best way to explain 3D printing to someone is to show them. But since Jeff Moe can’t carry around one of his Lulzbot 3D printers, he has taken to packing 3D-printed parts in his pocket so that he can show them off when he runs into people who aren't familiar with the concept. "A lot of time... Read more
3 comments Posted 25 Mar 2014 by Ginny Skalski (Red Hat) Feed
will invalidating patents get easier?
You’ve probably realized this by now, but the Supreme Court is having a very busy term when it comes to patent cases. In Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc.—scheduled for oral argument on April 28—the Court will consider whether to hold vague patents to a more exacting standard.
0 comments Posted 19 Mar 2014 by David Perry (Red Hat) Feed
peering into the patent haze
Software patent thickets are often compared to minefields, but with a note of resignation, as though there’s no avoiding them. The U.S. Supreme Court now has before it a case that could go a long way towards addressing the litigation risks and business uncertainties created by software patents. The... Read more
1 comment Posted 4 Mar 2014 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
public policy
A recent post on the top events ahead in 2014 for reforming abusive patent litigation focused on efforts by State Attorneys General, the Federal Trade Commission, and US Congress. Let’s now take a look to another field involved in the multi-prong strategy to address patent abuse: the Supreme Court... Read more
1 comment Posted 5 Feb 2014 by Mark Bohannon (Red Hat) Feed
Top 10 open law posts in 2013
The most-read posts this year on the Opensource.com Law channel showed a strong interest in diverse legal issues in the open source world. Many readers were reaching out for a better understanding open source licensing and related questions, such as:
0 comments Posted 26 Dec 2013 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
patent reform
Just before the shutdown of the Federal Government last month, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) took a first and important step to examine critical questions surrounding Patent Aggression Entities (PAEs):
1 comment Posted 21 Nov 2013 by Mark Bohannon (Red Hat) Feed

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