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patent reform
In the latest evidence of the growing recognition that our patent system needs reform, last week the House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet held an informative and well-attended hearing on "Abusive Patent Litigation". House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte... Read more
3 comments Posted 20 Mar 2013 by Mark Bohannon (Red Hat) Feed
patent stop sign
"Patents are here to stay." This is the sort of statement that makes me uneasy. I guess in the 17th century the common wisdom was "slavery is here to stay." In the 18th century giving voting rights to women seemed absurd and foreseeing open borders between France and German was crazy talk in 1945.... Read more
42 comments Posted 9 Jan 2013 by Carlo Piana Feed
Open law year in review
Looking back over the law channel posts of 2012, I was not surprised to see that software patents were a major concern. The high volume of significant patent lawsuits of competitors and rising levels of NPE (aka patent trolls or patent assertion entities) suits has been the subject of both open... Read more
0 comments Posted 26 Dec 2012 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
software patents
This fall, I went to Amsterdam to talk about "How Software Patents Are Delaying The Future", on a discussion panel organised by the European Patent Office. The other people on the panel were patent attorney Simon Davies, and Ioannis Bozas, a patent examiner at the EPO. The panel was moderated by... Read more
0 comments Posted 26 Nov 2012 by Karsten Gerloff Feed
patent reform
While almost no one thinks that the America Invents Act (AIA) will completely solve America’s patent problems, there are a few provisions in the AIA that may be useful tools in limiting and/or preventing bad patents. One of these tools is the newly implemented Preissuance Submission procedure,... Read more
3 comments Posted 5 Nov 2012 by Jared Engstrom (Red Hat) Feed
patent struggle
We talk a lot about what might be done to fix the problems of software patents, but not much about abolishing them. Abolition seems well-nigh impossible, given current economic and political realities. Serious economists and respected financial institutions don’t usually discuss it publicly. Thus,... Read more
40 comments Posted 29 Oct 2012 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
software patents
This morning the New York Times published a front-page story on software patents. My wife got to the paper before I did, and as I got coffee she told me the story would make me happy. She also said it was too long for a normal busy person to read in its entirety. It is long, but I am happy to see... Read more
7 comments Posted 8 Oct 2012 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
5 Questions
Meet David A. Wheeler. He's a Research Staff Member for the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) and a well-known speaker, author, and expert on open source software and security. He helped develop the Department of Defense's open source software policy and FAQ and has written other guidance... Read more
0 comments Posted 17 Jul 2012 by Melanie Chernoff (Red Hat) Feed
New EFF campaign proposes seven changes to U.S. patent system
Last week, the Electronic Frontier Foundation launched Defend Innovation, a campaign to end software patent abuse, promote seven alterations to the United States patent system, and initiate dialogue about the ways software patents actually hinder the inventors they are designed to protect. "The... Read more
5 comments Posted 25 Jun 2012 by Bryan Behrenshausen (Red Hat) Feed
How patents hinder innovation
Patents may have been created to help encourage innovation, but instead they regularly hinder it. The US Patent Office, overwhelmed and underfunded, issues questionable patents every day. "Patent trolls" buy too many of these patents and then misuse the patent system to shake down companies big... Read more
8 comments Posted 6 Mar 2012 by Electronic Frontier Foundation (Red Hat) Feed

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