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

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