The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Daniel Nazer discusses software patent trolls and issues with the U.S. patent law system.
Mark Radcliffe shares his 10 picks for the top legal developments in free and open source software last year.
While reviewing the most-read articles on legal topics in open source on Opensource.com this year, I was reminded of the old maxim: The more things change, the more they stay the same.
David Perry of Red Hat walks us through the latest from legal entities, journalists, and pop culture on why it is time to fix patents.
The Santa Clara High Tech Law Journal held their annual symposium on open source in the legal field at Santa Clara University. Prominent practitioners in the open source community spoke on topics ranging from licensing and compliance to healthcare and entertainment law.
The most-read articles this year on Opensource.com demonstrated a strong interest in the changing aspects of complicated issues. For example, the top two stories this year both relate to a complex series of cases involving a dispute between Versata and Aperiprise surrounding alleged violations of... Read more
Elon Musk and crew at Tesla Motors made some big waves last week. In case you missed this recent news roundup, it was announced that Tesla is effectively relinquishing their patent portfolio—particularly around charging stations.
This morning the U.S. Supreme Court issued an important decision concerning software patents and took a small-but-meaningful step in the right direction. In Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, the Court reaffirmed that abstract ideas are not by themselves patentable and unanimously held that the software at... Read more
Did you know that more than twenty U.S. states have patent abuse litigation laws that have been passed or are pending? Find out which states are looking to curb patent trolling practices.
Patent trolling—the aggressive assertion of weak or meritless patent claims by non-practicing entities—is a frequent target of disdain from open source enthusiasts. Thus it may be of some comfort to readers that the highest court in the US has recently decided the issue is worth looking into. Three... Read more