Law

The Law collection is an archive of articles covering open source and legal topics.

German Parliament tells government to strictly limit patents on software

patent reform
On Friday June 7, the German Parliament decided upon a joint motion to limit software patents (see English translation by BIKT). The Parliament urges...Read more

White House takes executive action to curb patent abuse

Patent reform
The White House on Tuesday announced a broad set of legislative recommendations for Congress and executive actions aimed at thwarting abusive patent...Read more

Could California bill mandate open access to research?

open thread on open access
Champions of open access to publicly funded academic research had something to celebrate last week. Creative Commons is reporting (with just a touch...Read more

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

Open source code and business models: More than just a license

Open source strategy and business models
As an organization or even individual there always seem to be questions when considering whether or not to make your project or code snippet open...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