software patents

In the afternoon keynotes of the first day of LinuxCon, Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin sat down to talk about the twentieth anniversary of Linux with Jon "Maddog" Hall, Eben Moglen, and Dan Frye, or as Zemlin called them, The Godfather, The Lawyer, and The Suit.
2 comments Posted 18 Aug 2011 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
The software patent debate sometimes seems awfully one-sided. Passionate opponents carefully explain that software patents hinder innovation and supporters of the status quo ignore their arguments. Meanwhile, vast sums of money that could be used for innovation are diverted by patent lawsuits of... Read more
9 comments Posted 8 Aug 2011 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
With a recent op-ed in the Economist and a segment on NPR's Planet Money, it seems as if an awareness of the high cost of the outmoded, traditional patent system is finally creeping into the mainstream.
0 comments Posted 2 Aug 2011 by Colin Dodd (Red Hat) Feed
With a recent op-ed in the Economist and a segment on NPR's Planet Money, it seems as if an awareness of the high cost of the outmoded, traditional patent system is finally creeping into the mainstream.
0 comments Posted 2 Aug 2011 by Colin Dodd (Red Hat) Feed
When the Supreme Court declined to speak to software patenting in the Bilski case, there was wailing and gnashing of teeth in the open source software world. The new Bilski test for patentable subject matter looked at first like the status quo for software patentability. But, being the sort of... Read more
7 comments Posted 18 Jul 2011 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
The Hargreaves Report issued last month has some thought-provoking things to say about the problems of software patents, lengthy copyright terms, and other intellectual property issues. It doesn't propose complete solutions, but its approach seems directionally sound. Officially titled "Digital... Read more
0 comments Posted 9 Jun 2011 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
Software patents
After you cast your vote, tell us what you think about the FTC weighing in on patent reform or if software patents are too abstract to patent. Comments welcome.
11 comments Posted 28 Apr 2011 by Rob Tiller (Red Hat) Feed
Software patents
After you cast your vote, tell us what you think about the FTC weighing in on patent reform or if software patents are too abstract to patent. Comments welcome.
11 comments Posted 28 Apr 2011 by Rob Tiller (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
The threat from software patent trolls arises not from an invisible distant origin, but actually from within open source communities. So that's the best place to eradicate it.
1 comment Posted 16 Mar 2011 by Simon Phipps Feed

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