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New patent reform law could reduce lawsuits by non-practicing entities

New patent reform law could reduce lawsuits by non-practicing entity
The Hidden Gem in the Bill: Joinder Reform So it has finally happened: a patent reform bill has actually become law. Last Thursday, the U.S. Senate...Read more

Why make a new open source software license? MPL 2.0 (part 3)

Why make a new open source software license?  MPL 2.0 (part 3)
In my previous posts, I discussed the new features of the MPL and the new compatibility between MPL and other licenses . In this final post, I'll...Read more

MPL 2.0, copyleft, and license compatibility

MPL 2.0, copyleft, and license compatibility
In part one of my Mozilla Public License piece, I mentioned license compatibility as a major feature of MPL 2.0. In fact, it's such a major - and...Read more

Should setting information free get you locked up? Aaron Swartz, JSTOR, and the theft of information

Aaron Swartz is 25 years old. He’s smart, tenacious, talented. And, in the view of the US Attorney General, a dangerous man currently charged with...Read more

Mobile patent wars and Linux in context

Mobile patent wars and Linux in context
Mobile Linux platforms are making incredible inroads into the emerging smartphone market. The market leading position that Apple developed and which...Read more

Poll: Google, Motorola, and patents

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Do you think Google is buying Motorola for their patent portfolio?

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Platform wars: software patents in a new light

Platform wars: software patents in a new light
I recently wrote about the $4.5 billion auction for Nortel's portfolio of 6,000 patents that went to a consortium that included Apple, Microsoft, and...Read more