Judges split on software patents and computer transubstantiation

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...Read more

Open source hardware trademark application rejected

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...Read more

Does your code need a license?

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...Read more

The EFF covers Google's open patent non-assertion pledge

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...Read more

Why the public domain matters

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...Read more

Open, collaborative effort to improve US patents

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...Read more

Key House committee looks at abusive patent litigation

patent reform
In the latest evidence of the growing recognition that our patent system needs reform, last week the House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual...Read more

The Python trademark dispute

UPDATE: In a March 22 press release , the PSF announced that the parties have reached an amicable resolution. According to the PSF, "Veber has...Read more