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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
Why the patent system doesn't play well with software: If Eolas went the other
Everyone take a deep breath: it seems we've had a moment of sanity in the patent wars. Last week, a jury invalidated the dangerous Eolas patents, which their owner claimed covered, well, essentially the whole Internet. The patents were originally granted for an invention that helped doctors to view... Read more
9 comments Posted 17 Feb 2012 by Julie Samuels Feed
Crushed innovation: When patent lawyers switch to NPEs
When well-known, richly compensated patent lawyers switch from representing world-class tech companies to servicing "non-practicing entities," something's up. Could the sordidness of a business based on bringing patent lawsuits be outweighed by large amounts of cash? At least for some, apparently... Read more
3 comments Posted 25 Jan 2012 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
The Mozilla Public License - almost 2.0 (part 1)
Over the past 18 months, the Mozilla community has been revising the Mozilla Public License. See earlier post. We recently announced, in true community development fashion, a release candidate--the text that we hope will become MPL 2.0 after one last set of eyes review it. This piece is a brief... Read more
0 comments Posted 29 Aug 2011 by Luis Villa Feed
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 seemed insurmountable just 18 months ago has now been eclipsed by the Android platform, alone. As the MeeGo smartphone platform enters the market this... Read more
1 comment Posted 25 Aug 2011 by Keith Bergelt Feed
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0 comments Posted 16 Aug 2011 by Colin Dodd (Red Hat) Feed
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0 comments Posted 16 Aug 2011 by Colin Dodd (Red Hat) Feed
Like many, I was surprised-but-not-really when Pamela Jones announced that she would be retiring original content on the legal analysis site that grew to fame within and without the open source community as it rose to do battle with the incredibly audacious claims by The SCO Group that Linux was... Read more
7 comments Posted 19 Apr 2011 by Brian Proffitt (Red Hat) Feed
Gene Quinn's recent post titled "What Happened to the Obama Open Source Initiative?" criticizes, in turns, open source software, Scott McNealy, the Obama administration, and "business newbies" who want to use the open source software model.
1 comment Posted 12 Apr 2011 by Gunnar Hellekson (Red Hat) Feed

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