software patents

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 the German Government to take steps to limit the granting of patents on computer programs. Software should exclusively be covered by copyright, and... Read more
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 the Federal Circuit issued five separate opinions, without any single legal theory gaining a majority. Their debate showed that the scope of the... Read more
6 comments Posted 20 May 2013 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
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 struggle
It bothers many of us everytime we hear about yet another non-obvious, overreaching, and abusive patent—particularly a software patent that is getting in the way of innovation and creativity. Additionally, there is an overwhelming sense of frustration when a regular citizen can't do much to change... Read more
8 comments Posted 19 Feb 2013 by Luis Ibanez 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 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
Wright Brothers first flight via NASA
There's an old saying that everyone complains about the weather, but no one does anything about it. The open source community maintains an active voice of indignation when it comes to the harms flowing from bad software patents. So it's worth noting when a leading patent law scholar proposes a... Read more
34 comments Posted 6 Sep 2012 by Jared Engstrom (Red Hat) Feed
mobile mashup
Now the that the jury has given Apple almost everything it asked for in its infringement suit against Samsung, what should we expect to happen next? I think it's a given that Samsung will appeal. Given the damages awarded and the obvious determination of Apple to defend its patents, Samsung has... Read more
4 comments Posted 27 Aug 2012 by Andy Updegrove Feed
Open Source for America logo
Open Source for America launched a petition Thursday to "Free the Code," an effort to encourage the U.S. federal government to release custom-developed, taxpayer-funded software as open source by default. "Free the Code is an initiative to start a national conversation on taxpayer investments in... Read more
3 comments Posted 23 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

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