software patents

When the Supreme Court declined to speak to software patenting in the Bilski case, there was wailing and gnashing of teeth in the open source software world. The new Bilski test for patentable subject matter looked at first like the status quo for software patentability. But, being the sort of... Read more
7 comments Posted 18 Jul 2011 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
The Hargreaves Report issued last month has some thought-provoking things to say about the problems of software patents, lengthy copyright terms, and other intellectual property issues. It doesn't propose complete solutions, but its approach seems directionally sound. Officially titled "Digital... Read more
0 comments Posted 9 Jun 2011 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
Software patents
After you cast your vote, tell us what you think about the FTC weighing in on patent reform or if software patents are too abstract to patent. Comments welcome.
11 comments Posted 28 Apr 2011 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
Software patents
After you cast your vote, tell us what you think about the FTC weighing in on patent reform or if software patents are too abstract to patent. Comments welcome.
11 comments Posted 28 Apr 2011 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
Last month the Federal Trade Commission issued a report that acknowledged important problems in the U.S. Patent system as it affects software. The government doesn't do that every day, so that's good news. The FTC report also suggested some reforms that could mitigate some of those problems.
0 comments Posted 26 Apr 2011 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
Like many, I was surprised-but-not-really when Pamela Jones announced that she would be retiring original content on the legal analysis site that grew to fame within and without the open source community as it rose to do battle with the incredibly audacious claims by The SCO Group that Linux was... Read more
7 comments Posted 19 Apr 2011 by Brian Proffitt Feed
The threat from software patent trolls arises not from an invisible distant origin, but actually from within open source communities. So that's the best place to eradicate it.
1 comment Posted 16 Mar 2011 by Simon Phipps Feed
Yesterday a patent reform bill passed in the Senate, but the sound and fury don't seem to signify much. The legislation as it evolved has shed most of the features that could have been controversial, or could have significantly improved the current patent system. The press around this legislation,... Read more
7 comments Posted 9 Mar 2011 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
A case now before the Supreme Court could lower the threat level created by bad patents in a meaningful way. The issue before the Court is whether to change the burden of proof on patent invalidity from clear-and-convincing evidence to the preponderance standard. This change would be good for... Read more
25 comments Posted 3 Feb 2011 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
Much of the problem with the current U.S. patent system involves haze. Whether it is ambiguity regarding what the patent covers or murkiness about whether the technology covered by the patent is actually new, patent plaintiffs regularly use this uncertainty to their advantage. This ambiguity–often... Read more
6 comments Posted 11 Jan 2011 by Erick Robinson Feed

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