Report: More Patents Granted in 2009view story

http://linuxo.com – BLT: "IBM Corp. received the most utility patents last year, with 4,887, followed by Samsung Electronics Co. (3,592); Microsoft Corp. (2,929); Canon K.K. (2,241) and Hitachi Ltd. (2,146)." (General)

Sanity From the 1st Post-Bilski Decision from BPAI: In Re Proudlerview story

http://linuxo.com – Groklaw: "Look at this, will you? The first decision from the Board of Patents Appeals and Interferences post-Bilski to reference that US Supreme Court decision, in In Re Proudler [PDF], a ruling rejecting HP's application for a software patent, setting forth a rule stating, as I read it, as saying software is not patentable because it's an abstraction:" (General)

Superfreakonomics; Superplug for Intellectual Venturesview story

http://linuxo.com – Rusty Russell's Coding Blog: "The entire chapter was devoted to a glowing advertisement for Intellectual Ventures, pointing out that they own 20,000 patents �more than all but a few dozen companies in the world�, but of course �there is little hard evidence� that they are patent trolls." (General)

The Bottom Line on Bilski: Good or Bad for FOSS?view story

http://www.linuxinsider.com – Software patents are a frequently debated topic here in the Linux blogosphere, but nary a conversation has taken place about them in recent years without at least some hopeful mention of Bilski. Many, in fact, have looked to the longstanding case to finally put to rest the legal threats and patent quibbling that has beset the field. (General)

Tech Comics: "The Joy of Patents"view story

http://linuxo.com – Tech Comics: "With today's tightly controlled patent environment, even the most innocent users can encounter roadblocks." (General)

Post-Bilski Steps for Anti-Software-Patent Advocatesview story

http://www.linuxfoundation.org – 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. (General)

Here's Bilski: It's Affirmed, But . . .No Decision on Software Patentabilityview story

http://www.linuxfoundation.org – The US Supreme Court has ruled in Bilski v. Kappos. Groklaw: "The lower court's decision is affirmed, and so no patent for Bilski. (General)

Full Circle Side-Pod #2: A World Cup -free zoneview story

http://fullcirclemagazine.org – Full Circle Side-Pod #2: A World Cup -free zone (Distributions)

Hacking through the Software Patent Thicketsview story

http://linuxo.com – The H Open: "Most people in the hacking community are well aware that patents represent one of the most serious threats to free software. But the situation is actually even worse than it seems, thanks to the proliferation of what are called patent thickets." (General)

MPEG LA Shrugs Off Antitrust Allegationsview story

http://linuxo.com – Law.com: "MPEG LA, as we've told you here and here, is in the business of issuing licenses for pools of patents related to digital video technology. Companies that want to make consumer technology products can take a license from MPEG LA and not worry about being sued." (General)