Patents

The Opensource. Patents article collection examines the intersection between open source and patents, patent troll topics, and patent-related legal issues.

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

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

Key House committee looks at abusive patent litigation

patent reform
In the latest evidence of the growing recognition that our patent system needs reform, last week the House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual...Read more

Defensive patent publications establish the existence of prior art in any field

patent struggle
It bothers many of us everytime we hear about yet another non-obvious, overreaching, and abusive patent—particularly a software patent that is...Read more

Top 10 FOSS issues of 2012

foss lawyers
The year 2012 had many important FOSS legal developments which reflects the continued increase in FOSS use. FOSS projects have increased from 600,000...Read more

Abolishing patents: Too soon or too late?

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...Read more