Bradley Kuhn gives some next steps for anti-software-patent advocates: "Since Bilski has given us no new tools for abolishing software patents, we must redouble efforts with tools we already have to mitigate the threat patents pose to software freedom.
First title page of the scientific journal Nature, November 4th, 1869.
Summary: News about patents, ranging from action against software patents in the United States to patent trolls and their use of software patents to terrify US-based businesses
Brett Smith from the Free Software Foundation (FSF) has just issued a call for mail to be sent to the USPTO, urging it “to stop issuing softwar
Summary: A ruling in Canada jeopardises the county’s status when it comes to patent law; the FSFE publishes its rebuttal to the BSA’s software patents propaganda in Europe
“Amazon one click webshop patentable in Canada,” says Benjamin, the president of the FFII.
There is a popular theory about the ills of the patent system that there is nothing wrong with software patents. According to this theory, all the problems are due either to bad actors called trolls or to poor quality patents. Then, as the logic goes, the patent system may be fixed by curtailing the activities of bad actors and by improving the quality of the patents.
Summary: IBM uses voluntary peer review to annotate software patents
EVERY NOW and then we receive mail from Peer To Patent, which is an initiative whose method we disagree with because it helps legitimise software patents rather than just abolish the whole lot.
Featured | Written by: Sam Varghese | Published in: Open SourceNearly two years ago, when iTWire spoke to Samba team lead Andrew Tridgell and his able lieutenant Andrew Bartlett, they said that the move from Samba 3 to 4 would be the biggest shift in the development of the software.
Eli Lilly bet its entire business model on patents years back, rather than on creating useful products that people want to buy. Lately it's been having trouble getting new patents, and is reacting extremely poorly to the fact that its last-gasp efforts to get new patents aren't working.
Summary: With engineers back at the helm’s top positions, Google steps further away from software patents and joins Red Hat’s opposition to them
BACK when Google started defending Android from SCOracle, it did throw some hints that it would oppose software patents. Groklaw covered it thoroughly at the time.
Patents, patents, patents. Such a to-do about software patents! The news this week has focused on little else, thanks in large part, of course, to Google's much-discussed
purchase of Motorola Mobility. It's fairly widely agreed that patents were the motivating factor behind that purchase -- not at all surprising, given the virtual lawsuit-fest the mobile world has become.