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  • Why is Claggett summarily appointed Register of Patents?

    10/26/2016 8:39:05 AM PDT · by Bodega · 11 replies
    Industry and Advocacy News ^ | Oct 24, 2019 | The Authors Guild
    Pollante summarily removed as Register of Patents and replaced immediately by Karyn Temple Claggett. Hayden, the new Librarian of Congress, performed the dismissal without comment. Pollante has a stellar record in the patent office. Karyn Temple Claggett has not even a biography of of her life...just a list of jobs held in the USA. Conyers on the House Judiciary Committee who must have known of this but has had no comment. The big question is why?
  • Samsung Caught Using Apple Watch Design Figures in a Recent Patent Filing

    08/05/2016 12:24:37 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 29 replies
    Patently Apple ^ | August 5, 20167:04 AM PDT
    Samsung Gear came to market in 2013 and it offered a camera and speaker built right into its one and only band and clasp design. After Apple introduced the Apple Watch with multiple band options and its quick and easy install mechanism for changing the bands, Samsung set out to copy that idea as quickly as they possibly could. In a patent application that surfaced today at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office titled "Wearable Device," they discuss their new "exchangeable" strap mechanisms. What struck me was that a great number of their form factor patent figures were actually Apple...
  • Supreme Court ruling makes life harder for patent trolls, easier for Apple

    06/21/2016 12:19:50 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 9 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | June 21, 2016 | By Ben lovejoy
    The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday ruled that a 2011 law designed to make it easier to defeat new patent trolls were legal. The law had been challenged by a company attempting to patent something which had long been done by other companies. The case before the Supreme Court focused on a patent held by Cuozzo Speed Technologies LLC that claims an invention for alerting drivers when they are speeding. GPS technology company Garmin brought a challenge at the Patent Office, which invalidated the Cuozzo patent after concluding its claims weren’t innovative when viewed against other prior technologies. The ruling will be of particular benefit to...
  • Google patents pedestrian flypaper for self-driving cars

    05/20/2016 9:27:49 PM PDT · by granite · 22 replies
    The Verge ^ | on May 19, 2016 06:12 am | By James Vincent
    Google knows that its self-driving cars are going to get into accidents maybe even accidents involving pedestrians and so the company has patented a unique solution to minimize injuries if this happens: human flypaper. The patent, granted earlier this week, describes "an adhesive layer positioned on the front end of the vehicle" that pedestrians will simply stick to "in the event of a collision."
  • FCC Lays Ground for Crony Capitalism

    11/18/2015 10:47:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | November 18, 2015 | Mytheos Holt
    During the fourth Republican debate, former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina correctly noted that "big government has created a big business called politics. And there are lots of people invested in the status quo of that big business called politics." What Fiorina did not say was that, particularly in the tech sphere, the big business of politics loves to attempt hostile takeovers, often in the guise of trying to stop genuinely predatory behavior. Ironically, the biggest beneficiaries of such takeovers are usually the predators themselves. No better example of such disingenuous action exists than the current proposed FCC enforcement action...
  • HRC and the Left Loathe Businesses Why Are Republicans Helping Undermine Them?

    10/21/2015 8:15:21 AM PDT · by 100American · 9 replies ^ | Tuesday Oct 20, 2015 12:09 PM | Seton Motley
    So why are Republicans sponsoring this? Under consideration in Washington, D.C. is legislation that will fundamentally transform our patent system. It will render this Constitutionally protected intellectual property product dramatically less protected. The bills to which I refer are the Innovation Act (House) and the Patent Act (Senate). These reformers areconsidering another really, REALLY TERRIBLE idea. That sets the stage for near-limitless government-caused damage to not just patents but the entire private economy.They want to pierce the corporate veil. (A) legal decision to treat the rights or duties of a corporation as the rights or liabilities of its...
  • Microsoft and Google ink SECRET TREATY to end all their patent wars ("Hey, I love you, man...")

    10/01/2015 3:38:13 AM PDT · by dayglored · 11 replies
    The Register ^ | Oct 1, 2015 | Neil McAllister
    Chumship pact pie carve-up details kept under wraps Google and Microsoft have inked a secret deal in which all patent disputes between the mammoth companies will be abandoned. The exact terms of the agreement as in, who gets what were not disclosed. Your guess is as good as ours. "Microsoft and Google are pleased to announce an agreement on patent issues," the companies said in a joint statement that was sent to El Reg via email. "As part of the agreement, the companies will dismiss all pending patent infringement litigation between them, including cases related to Motorola Mobility."...
  • How a Washington Breakfast Influenced Conservative Votes on Patent Reform

    09/09/2015 8:42:00 AM PDT · by Pelham · 9 replies
    ipwatchdog ^ | 9/8/2015 | Paul Morinville
    Here is a story of how $1,000 a plate Washington breakfast influenced the votes of several Conservative Members of Congress who serve on the House Judiciary, including Representative Steve King (IA-04), allowing Committee passage of H.R.9, the innovation killing Innovation Act. Over the past several years there have been a number of large corporations, many that have patents themselves, who have funded and managed a powerful Washington lobbying effort. The focus has ostensibly been on reforming the problem of patent litigation abuse, but the changes advocated would be to their favor at the expense of innovators, like universities, independent inventors...
  • USPTO finds Apple iPhone design patent invalid in court fight against Samsung

    08/18/2015 4:51:54 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | August 17, 2015 | By Mikey Campbell
    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office earlier this month found an iPhone design patent successfully leveraged by Apple against Samsung in its first court action invalid on multiple counts, bringing Apple's $548 million damages award into question. Apple's D'677 patent (right) shows a design different from two previous applications. Spotted by FOSS Patents' Florian Mueller, the non-final decision regarding Apple's U.S. Patent No. D618,677, known as the D'677 patent, was handed down by the USPTO's Central Reexamination Division on Aug. 5. The decision follows an anonymous ex parte examination request -- likely filed by Samsung -- calling the design patent's...
  • Confused about the Pepsi/fetal cell issue? Here are the facts (2012 flashback)

    07/29/2015 10:10:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    life site news ^ | 7/29/15 | Apr 3, 2012 -
    I have received a few requests from pro-lifers like Vicki:Can you provide some clarity to the Pepsi/cells from aborted babies controversy. I cannot sort out whether this is valid or not. Yes and NoBottom line: There are no aborted embryonic or fetal cells in any of PepsiCos final products.But: Aborted cells are used in the development of artificial flavor enhancers by biotech company Senomyx, with which PepsiCo signed a four-year, $30 million agreement in 2010 for research and development. No Pepsi products containing Senonymx flavor enhancers should be expected until 2013.Senomyxs disputed cell line is HEK-293, derived from the kidney...
  • How Obama Radically Transformed America's Patent System

    05/22/2015 4:28:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | May 22, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    Patent law is not something most Americans are passionate about or have ever contemplated -- which is exactly why the Obama White House and Congress got away with making radical changes to our time-tested traditions of protecting the fruits of entrepreneurial inventors' labor. It's yet another progressive horror story of abandoning what works in the name of what's politically trendy. For left-wing saboteurs and their Big Business GOP enablers, this means throwing our unique patent system and its constitutional underpinnings under an 18-wheeler. So-called "patent reform" proposals continue to plague Capitol Hill. But like health care "reform" and education "reform,"...
  • Bike Boffins Pedal With General Clark

    09/23/2003 6:17:15 AM PDT · by joesnuffy · 2 replies · 213+ views
    Moscow Times ^ | Sep. 23, 2003 | Kevin O'Flynn
    Tuesday, Sep. 23, 2003. Page 1 Bike Boffins Pedal With General Clark By Kevin O'Flynn Staff Writer One was a doctor from Siberia, the other an American general now running for president, and best known in Russia for his brinkmanship in Kosovo. But now the fortunes of Alexander Pyntikov and former NATO commander General Wesley Clark -- who last week created a political sensation by declaring his candidacy for U.S. president -- are entwined in a company that makes push bikes. But these are no ordinary push bikes: The U.S. Special Forces Command currently freewheels on them, as do police...
  • Patent reform: Big governments latest comprehensive debacle

    03/14/2015 9:08:09 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 2 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 03/14/2015 | Carly Fiorina
    The following excerpts are from a March 4 speech by Carly Fiorina, chairwoman of the American Conservative Union Foundation and former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, at the Inventing America Conference.My story, a young woman sort of with no plans, not a great resume, getting the opportunity to go from secretary to CEO of the largest technology company in the world. That story is only possible here. And Ive traveled and lived all over the world, done business all over the world, and it is still true that my story is possible here and only here. And it is because truly of...
  • Ebola vaccine abandoned in 2008 after showing promise in trials

    10/21/2014 5:04:34 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 20, 2014 | Tom Howell, Jr.
    The pitch was intriguing: U.S. health officials wanted to fast-track trials for an Ebola vaccine and sounded the call for volunteers. Charles Sullivan called up the hotline on a whim, figuring the National Institutes of Health already had filled its queue and wouldnt need him. But he was accepted for three rounds of shots of a deactivated virus, a years worth of blood analysis and a $900 check for his trouble. The clinical trial went well, and the vaccine seemed promising. A decade later, the country is still waiting for a vaccine amid a worldwide Ebola outbreak, and Mr. Sullivan...
  • Obama Admin backing Ebola vaccines using aborted baby cell lines

    10/15/2014 4:02:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 15, 2014 | John Henry Westen
    The Obama Administration has chosen to back Ebola vaccines made using cell lines cultivated from aborted babies, despite the fact that the government itself acknowledged that moral alternatives could also be used, according to a pro-life organization that specializes in advocating for morally produced vaccines.  Children of God for Life says it has discovered that several Ebola vaccines in development for use worldwide are being made using the aborted fetal cell lines.The proof of the use of the controversial cell lines in the manufacture of the vaccines is found in the patents. According to the patents, Glaxo SmithKline (GSK) and NIAID...
  • Why China is Stealing America's Corn Seeds

    07/03/2014 8:47:07 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 43 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 7-3-14 | Charles Riley
    Three years ago, a security guard working for seed company Pioneer Hi-Bred came across something unusual on a road in Iowa: Just off the pavement, a man was on his knees, digging in a field. Challenged by the guard, Mo Hailong claimed to be an employee of the University of Iowa who was traveling to a nearby conference. He jumped back in his car and sped away. U.S. authorities would later accuse Hailong, and five other Chinese nationals, of stealing corn seeds and attempting to smuggle them back to China. A seventh defendant, Mo Yun, was arrested and charged Wednesday...
  • Silencing Diversity

    06/21/2014 4:48:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | June 21, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    The United States Patent and Trademark Office invalidated several patents belonging to the Washington Redskins. This is not the first attempt by aggrieved parties to have the trademarks revoked. A recent poll showed more than 70 percent of Redskins fans opposed changing the team name. More so, a majority of Americans have not found the team name to be offensive. Even more telling, there are numerous sports teams on Indian reservations around the United States that use the name Redskins. When the team name and logo were created, Native Americans participated. But the patent office has ruled that, at...
  • Patently Absurd Activism on 'Redskins'

    06/20/2014 4:35:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | June 20, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    Editor's note: This column was co-authored by Tim Graham. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office found its way to the front page by declaring the word "Redskins" was offensive and therefore unworthy of trademark protection under a 1946 law that proscribes trademarks for "immoral, deceptive, or scandalous matter." MSNBC anchor Joy-Ann Reid reported this news with an obscenity warning before airing a clip of Sen. Harry Reid: "And I just warn people, he does use the name of the team. So, I'm just going to warn you guys about that in advance." She's not alone. Liberal sports writers refuse to...
  • U.S. Patent office cancels Redskins trademark registration, says name is disparaging

    06/18/2014 7:09:41 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 51 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 18 2014 | Theresa Vargas
    The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the Washington Redskins trademark registration, calling the football teams name disparaging to Native Americans. The landmark case, which appeared before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, was filed on behalf of five Native Americans. It was the second time such a case was filed. This victory was a long time coming and reflects the hard work of many attorneys at our firm, said lead attorney Jesse Witten, of Drinker Biddle & Reath.
  • U.S. Supreme Court tosses out Nautilus loss in patent fight

    06/02/2014 9:24:10 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 06/02/2014 | Staff
    (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday threw out a lower court decision in a patent fight over heart rate monitors, a decision that will affect other patent infringement fights.
  • As cannabis is widely legalized, China cashes in on an unprecedented boom

    01/09/2014 12:23:55 PM PST · by Lorianne · 36 replies
    Times of India/Indpendent UK ^ | 05 January 2014 | Ian Johnston
    Almost 5,000 years ago, Chinese physicians recommended a tea made from cannabis leaves to treat a wide variety of conditions including gout and malaria. Today, as the global market for marijuana experiences an unprecedented boom after being widely legalized, it is China that again appears to have set its eyes on dominating trade in the drug.
  • Gun-related U.S. patents at 35-year high

    12/03/2013 11:18:42 AM PST · by aimhigh · 4 replies
    Financial Post ^ | 12/3/2013 | Susan Decker & Caroline Chen
    Gunmakers such as Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. and Sturm Ruger & Co. are boosting firearms sales by building weapons that are more accurate and easier to use, with gun-related U.S. patents at a 35-year high. Manufacturers are competing for sales with improvements such as magazines that increase a bullets accuracy or are lower in cost. Of 6,077 patents issued since 1977 in the firearms class, 19% were in the past four years, with a record 370 issued last year, according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Patent trolls spell trouble for Americas economy

    11/23/2013 3:15:08 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 11 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 11-23-13 | Curt Bramble
    Our nations founders incorporated the concept of individual property rights including intellectual property rights into the Constitution because they knew that these rights spur innovation and help promote economic growth. However, patent assertion entities (PAEs), otherwise known as patent trolls, inhibit the innovation and economic growth that patents typically foster. Even more alarming, with the creation of government-sponsored patent trolls (GSPTs) which are financially backed by a national government patent trolls have gone global. Patent trolls, which can either be companies or government-sponsored organizations, are entities that buy large patent portfolios not to use the...
  • Jury Tells Samsung to Pay Apple $290 Million

    11/21/2013 5:22:16 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11/21/2013 | BRIAN X. CHEN
    SAN JOSE A jury on Thursday said that Samsung Electronics would have to pay Apple $290 million more in damages for violating patents, putting an end to one chapter in the long-running patent struggle between the two tech companies. The six-woman, two-man jury calculated the damages based on 13 products that infringed Apples patents. They determined that two smartphones incurred the heftiest damages: Samsungs Infuse 4G, at about $100 million, and the Droid Charge, at $60 million. While the price tag will not significantly affect either companys pocketbooks they are two of the most profitable companies in the...
  • Supreme Court Says Human Genes Arent Patentable

    06/13/2013 12:35:25 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 14 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 13, 2013 | Brent Kendall, Jess Bravin
    The Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday that human genes isolated from the body cant be patented, a victory for doctors and patients who argued that such patents interfere with scientific research and the practice of medicine. The court was handing down one of its most significant rulings in the age of molecular medicine, deciding who may own the fundamental building blocks of life. The case involved Myriad Genetics Inc., which holds patents related to two genes, known as BRCA1 and BRCA2, that can indicate whether a woman has a heightened risk of developing breast cancer or ovarian cancer. Justice Clarence...
  • Obama Orders Regulators to Root Out Patent Trolls

    06/05/2013 9:19:55 AM PDT · by indthkr · 28 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 4, 2013 | EDWARD WYATT
    ... Senator Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat who is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and who was a primary sponsor of the 2011 law, said he backs the presidents effort to suppress patent trolls. The United States patent system is vital for our economic growth, job creation, and technological advance, Mr. Leahy said in a statement. Unfortunately, misuse of low-quality patents through patent trolling has tarnished the systems image. ...
  • Obama Orders Regulators to Root Out Patent Trolls

    06/05/2013 4:02:07 AM PDT · by proxy_user · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 4, 2013 | Edward Wyatt
    WASHINGTON One company threatened to sue 8,000 coffee shops, hotels and retailers for patent infringement because they had set up Wi-Fi networks for their customers. Another claimed that hundreds of small businesses were violating its patents by attaching a document scanner to an office computer system. One claimed rights to royalties from anyone producing a podcast. Now the Obama administration is cracking down on what many call patent trolls, shell companies that exist merely for the purpose of asserting that they should be paid because they hold patents that are being infringed by some software or electronic process.
  • Court Denies Motorola the Billions It Wanted From Microsoft for Standards-Essential Patents

    04/26/2013 6:55:48 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 5 replies
    AllThingsD ^ | April 25, 2013 at 6:42 pm PT | Ina Fried and John Paczkowski
    A federal court in Seattle issued a ruling Thursday that could help settle the question of just how much a company can expect to reap from standards-essential patents. In the highly anticipated court ruling, U.S. District Judge James Robart determined that Googles Motorola Mobility unit is entitled to about $1.8 million a year from Microsoft for its use of certain patents. Motorola had been seeking in excess of $4 billion in the case, which centered around patents related to the the H.264 video standard and the 802.11 wireless standard. In making its determination, the court noted that there are some...
  • Switching To Generic HIV Drugs Could Save The U.S. Billions [BO will throw AIDS patients under bus]

    01/16/2013 3:01:42 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    Medical News Today ^ | 1/16/13 | Joseph Nordqvist
    The U.S health care system could save over $1 billion dollars a year if they replace current antiretroviral drugs for HIV infection with generic versions of the medications, a risky move that could seriously affect the efficacy of HIV treatment. The implications of such a change was explored in a study published in the January 15 edition of Annals of Internal Medicine.
  • How Corruption Is Strangling U.S. Innovation

    12/09/2012 1:14:03 AM PST · by Usagi_yo · 13 replies
    Harvard Business Review ^ | 12/7/2012 | James Allworth
    If there's been one topic that has entirely dominated the post-election landscape, it's the fiscal cliff. Will taxes be raised? Which programs will be cut? Who will blink first in negotiations? For all the talk of the fiscal cliff, however, I believe the US is facing a much more serious problem, one that has simply not been talked about at all: corruption. But this isn't the overt, "bartering of government favors in return for private kickbacks" corruption. Instead, this type of corruption has actually been legalized. And it is strangling both US competitiveness, and the ability for US firms to...
  • Jury finds Apple's patents valid in Samsung trial

    08/24/2012 4:10:12 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 117 replies
    A U.S. jury on Friday said Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has infringed some of Apple Inc's patents, and that all of those patents are valid. The verdict in the high-stakes trial between the two tech giants was still being read in a federal courtroom in San Jose, California, and not all of the key legal findings had been announced.
  • Apple Wins $1 Billion as Jury Finds Samsung Violated Patents (Drudge)

    08/24/2012 4:38:43 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 10 replies
    CNBC ^ | August 24,2012
    A U.S. jury awarded Apple $1.05 billion in damages from Samsung Electronics, finding that the Korean company infringed on some of Apple's valid patents. As for the countersuit, the jury found Apple did not violate any of Samsung's wireless standards or feature patents. Apple shares hit an all-time high in after-hours trading. Click here for the latest after-hours quote. The jury found some Samsung phones infringed Apple design patents but said the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 did not infringe Apple design. The patents the jury found Samsung violated included those for the "bounce back," scroll, zoom and navigate features. The...
  • U.S. Patent System is Broken, Declares Judge in Android v. Apple Cases

    07/09/2012 6:28:16 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies
    Daily Tech ^ | July 6, 2012 1:12 PM | Jason Mick (Blog)
    Veteran Judge Posner says "animals" like Apple are just exploiting the weapons an ineffectual gov't has created "It's a constant struggle for survival. As in any jungle, the animals will use all the means at their disposal, all their teeth and claws that are permitted by the ecosystem," statesJudge Richard A. Posnerin arecent interviewwithReuters. As a sitting judge on theSeventh Circuit Court of Appealswho occasionally moonlights as a judge in Chicago'sU.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Judge Posner has watched the devolution of America's intellectual property system over the past several decades. I. Google v. Apple -- A...
  • ITC Judge recommends U.S. Ban for Xbox 360

    05/24/2012 10:44:03 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 8 replies
    Mobile & Apps ^ | May 24, 2012
    Patent wars are getting dirtier day by day. Not only they result in loss of thousands of dollars for companies, but also result in frustration for consumers. Earlier Microsoft was successful in banning Motorola smartphones. Now Motorola is punching back with Xbox 360 ban in U.S. and the gaming console might get pulled away from shelves in upcoming few months. A judge at International Trade Commission (ITC) has issued a recommendation for import ban on Xbox 360 gaming console. The ban is limited to 4GB and 250GB edition of Xbox 360. The ban is a part of Motorola's complaint filed...
  • Could Morse Have Patented the Web?

    04/01/2012 2:34:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | L. GORDON CROVITZ | March 25, 2012
    In 1853, the Supreme Court gave Samuel Morse some bad news. In O'Reilly v. Morse, the justices approved the inventor's patent for part of the telegraph that delivered the Morse code message "What Hath God Wrought?" but said he could not patent the idea of sending messages electronically across great distances. Ideas alone, the justices said, cannot be patented. Morse's descendants should demand a rehearing. The standards for patents are so low that simply having an idea often justifies a patent. Morse wanted a patent to cover "electro-magnetism, however developed, for marking or printing intelligible characters, signs, letters, at any...
  • Linus Torvalds rains on Microsofts patent parade

    03/30/2012 6:55:59 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 9 replies
    Slash Gear ^ | March 30th | Shane McGlaun
    Apparently, Torvalds stepped into the arena and helped convince an ITC Administrative LAW Judge named Theodore R. Essex that Microsofts patent in question was invalid. The same judge who determined that Motorola had violated four Microsoft patents, including one known simply as the 352 patent. That particular patent has to do with storing filenames with a lot of characters in old file systems like Windows FAT. Torvalds told the judge that Motorola had found the posting he had made about long filenames used in a compatible manner with short filenames, and that post predated the Microsoft patent by three years....
  • Sweden sparks row over who owns 'Nordic Model'

    03/14/2012 12:23:56 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 12 replies ^ | 03/14/2012 | AFP/The Local
    The successful trademark registration of Nordic Model by Swedens Social Democrats has prompted a sharp reaction from the rest of the Nordic region's political establishment. The move has led other political bodies to protest the Social Democrats' move, which has put the question of who created the Nordic Model into ever sharper focus. "We may have understood if they had (trademarked) the 'Swedish Model', but when it comes to the 'Nordic Model' we have no choice but to protest," Jens-Erik Enestam, who heads the Nordic Council representing opposition parties from across the region, said in a statement Tuesday. Sweden's opposition...
  • Debian Position on Software Patents

    02/20/2012 8:07:57 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies · 2+ views
    The Debian Project ^ | February 19th, 2012 | The Debian Project
    Debian Position on Software Patents February 19th, 2012The Debian Project announces the availability of its patent policy for the Debian archive.The Debian Project maintains a critical stance towards software patents: we consider software patents to be a threat to Free Software and an obstacle to the Debian mission of providing an entirely Free operating system for everyone's use. We believe software patents provide no advantage in promoting software innovation and we encourage our upstream authors to object to software patents.At the same time, given the de facto possibility of patenting software-related ideas in several countries around the world, it is...
  • Up in the Air: Will America lose its dominance of the skies?

    12/21/2011 8:52:56 PM PST · by neverdem · 40 replies · 4+ views
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | December 19, 2011 | Michael Auslin
    Up in the AirWill America lose its dominance of the skies? There were a number of reasons last week to look up to the sky and wonder about the future of airpower. In a world in which the United States will have smaller ground and naval forces, we will likely become more dependent on land- and sea-based airpower to deter or defeat enemies. The proper employment of air assets as part of a joint force allows for nearly instantaneous response to crises, saves American lives, and can bring pinpoint devastation to an enemy’s forces and command-and-control systems. Yet along with...
  • All patents are theft

    10/26/2011 7:30:09 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 67 replies
    Linux User & Developer ^ | 25 October 2011 | Richard Hillesley
    If necessity is the mother of invention, patents are its delinquent offspring, providing stumbling blocks to innovation and progress, inhibiting the free exchange of ideas, and restricting our knowledge of how things work, says Richard Hillesley Pablo Picasso is supposed to have said that all art is theft. The assertion may be controversial, but the intention is clear the creative process, which relies on the evolution of techniques, observation and criticism, is an assimilation of that which has gone before, and all creativity, whether artistic, technological or scientific, walks a thin line between innovation and originality, plagiarism and parody....
  • Apple Patents Illuminated Hardware Cases

    10/10/2011 12:30:00 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 12 replies
    Tom's Hardware ^ | 7 Oct 2011 | Wolfgang Gruener
    The patent goes back all the way to the original iMac in 1998 to describe a technology that enables a light source to be coordinated with certain computing events. The hardware foundation uses a light controller that is connected to the main CPU of the computer as well as a light source. In Apple's words, we are talking about: "computing device includes a housing having an illuminable portion. The computing device also includes a light device disposed inside the housing. The light device is configured to illuminate the illuminable portion." Apple expands on this idea a bit further and notes...
  • Obama on patent law: Not so key?

    10/06/2011 10:14:33 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 5 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 10/06/11 | MATT NEGRIN
    Obama sang a different tune at his press conference on Thursday. While he said that patent reform will help the country be competitive, he admitted that there's nobody out there who actually thinks that that is going to immediately fill the needs of people who are out of work or strengthen the economy right now.
  • Obama pitches his jobs bill, again

    09/16/2011 8:53:22 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 15 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 09/16/11 | MATT NEGRIN
    President Obama signed a bill to help Americans get patents for inventions Friday morning, but in his speech at a science and tech school in northern Virginia, he quickly pivoted to talking about his jobs bill that has rankled both Republicans and Democrats. After acknowledging a handful of members of Congress in his audience at Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria, Obama said he didnt want to pass up the chance to make another pitch for his plan. Ive got another bill that I want to get passed to help the economy right away. Its called the American Jobs Act,...
  • Patent Reform Act Threatens Engine of Prosperity (China Wins)

    08/31/2011 7:58:52 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 4 replies
    Big Government ^ | August 30th | Bob McCarty
    On the day we arrived in Washington, April 12, 1997, we tuned in to C-Span just in time to see the House of Representatives pass H.400 on a voice vote. Not one member of the House of Representatives demanded a roll call vote on a bill that would severely emasculate a core function of the federal government. When we were finally able to obtain a copy of S.507, we read it very carefully and we were horrified. Never in all of our years as lobbyists had we ever read a worse piece of legislation. If we had ever wondered what...
  • Hypocritical Google Lashes Out At Apple And Microsoft

    08/05/2011 9:29:38 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Paul Thurrotts Supersite for Windows ^ | 8/4/2011 9:19 AM | By Paul Thurrott
    On the one hand, the tech industry is awash in patent trolls, companies that own generally spurious patents for technologies they didn't really invent, which exist solely to sue other companies into licensing said technologies. On the other, we have tech companies that have patents for technologies that they did, in fact, invent (or at least purchase legitimately) and, as important, use in actual products. These companies, too, must sue others to protect their patents, but for far more legitimate reasons. Google is upset about the latter kind of company, and it's citing two heavy-hitters, Apple and Microsoft, as example...
  • Apple HTML5 patent angers W3C

    07/13/2011 11:23:33 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 10 replies
    ComputerWorldUK ^ | 12 July 2011 | Joab Jackson
    The W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) is seeking to invalidate a pair of Apple patents so the underlying technologies can be used as part of a royalty-free HTML5 stack.The W3C's call for prior art is necessary, the organisation argues, because it maintains a strict policy of validating Web standards that can be used without paying for royalties. By finding examples of the technology in use before Apple filed the patents, the W3C can render those patents invalid. The patented technologies are core components to the W3C's Widget Access Request Policy, which specifies how mobile applications can request sensitive material. It...
  • Patent Reform Favors Corporations, Multinationals

    07/11/2011 5:00:30 PM PDT · by ex-Texan · 24 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | July 5, 2011 | Andrea Hayley, Epoch Times Staff
    Americas 200-year-old patent system is about to be reformed, and the changes will cut out the very heart of innovation in this country, warn many independent inventors, small business owners, and manufacturers, angel investors and venture capitalists. We are playing Russian roulette with the basis of the American economy, which is innovation, said Kevin Kearns, president of the U.S. Business and Industry Council (USBIC). Critics say the reforms will devastate opportunities for the disruptive innovators of the futurethe start-ups and independents who could invent the next iPhone challenger, for example. It will also promote the domination of patents, and patent...
  • US House takes up major overhaul of patent system

    06/23/2011 1:26:42 AM PDT · by newzjunkey · 14 replies
    AP ^ | Updated 01:00 a.m., Thursday, June 23, 2011 | JIM ABRAMS, Associated Press
    ...The legislation, supported by the Obama administration and a broad range of business groups and high tech companies, aims to ease the lengthy backlog in patent applications, clean up some of the procedures that can lead to costly litigation and put the United States under the same filing system as the rest of the industrializedworld. The Senate passed a similar bill last March on a 95-5 vote. If the bill makes it to the White House for the president's signature, it could be one of the first congressional actions this year to have a concrete effect on business after months...
  • Microsoft loses Supreme Court case on Canadian patent ($290M)

    06/09/2011 12:42:12 PM PDT · by markomalley · 52 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/9/11
    Microsoft Corp suffered a defeat on Thursday when the Supreme Court upheld a record $290 million jury verdict against the software giant for infringing a small Canadian company's patent. The justices unanimously agreed with a U.S. appeals court ruling that went against the world's largest software company in its legal battle with Toronto-based i4i. The high court refused to adopt Microsoft's lower standard to replace the long-standing requirement that a defendant in a patent infringement case prove by clear and convincing evidence that a plaintiff's patent is invalid. Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft had argued that a lower standard of proof involving...
  • Patents for pricey drugs set to expire; generics will save money

    05/15/2011 5:48:57 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 67 replies
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | May 15, 2011 | Bruce Japsen
    Lipitor. Actos. Plavix. These are some of the most-prescribed medicines in the U.S., drugs that are so commonplace they are responsible for a huge chunk of the $300 billion spent on brand-name pharmaceuticals each year. That is about to change as patents on these pricey pills begin to expire, opening the door for generic competition. And that can translate to savings of up to 90 percent, analysts say, making these drugs affordable to more consumers. Americans will see cheaper copies of some of the biggest drug names starting this fall. Out-of-pocket costs of the generic form of Lipitor, a widely...