07 novembre 2019

What'S Wrong with the Patent System? Fuzzy Boundaries and the Patent Tax

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. What'S Wrong with the Patent System? Fuzzy Boundaries and the Patent Tax
Article that highlights the issues caused by the current patent system. The core of the article identifies four areas of fuzziness: patent claims are hard to interpret, the can be hidden, can be issued without an actual invention, and are flooding the marketplace. It's virtually impossible to avoid infringing on a patent these days - or at least, to be accused of an infringement - and so the cost of patent litigation is essentially a tax that has been imposed by lawyers on innovators. More...

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Local Search... Patented! Again!

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Local Search... Patented! Again!
Another case of patenting the obvious. They have to fix this system - meanwhile, though, I was reading in University Business that some universities are opposing patent reforms. Left hand, shoot right foot. Also from TechDirt, see this item on how patents make innovation more difficult and more expensive. More...

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16 octobre 2019

Software Patents: Why Should We Care?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Software Patents: Why Should We Care?
"Imagine a world," writes Alfred Essa, "in which Socrates not only originated the dialogue form of inquiry but also filed a patent claiming "intellectual property" rights for his invention and then vigorously enforced his patent against the Sophists to ensure the 'purity' of his learning method." This situation gets at the heart of the problem with software patents - they allow people to claim the ridiculous as 'intellectual property'. But we also need a strategy for what to do in an environemnt (such as the U.S.) where software patents are legal, which Essa provides. More...

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07 octobre 2019

Digging Patents

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Digging Patents
This is actually a good idea. The U.S. Patent Office is setting up a system to post new patent applications online and to invite comments from the web, using "a Digg-style rating system to allow readers to push the most relevant postings to the top where they will be reviewed by patent examiners". More...

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02 octobre 2019

US Patent and Trade Office Grants Re-Examination Request to Desire2Learn

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. US Patent and Trade Office Grants Re-Examination Request to Desire2Learn
This is the second re-examination request the Patent office has considered; the previous was on behalf of the open source learning management systems. In the wacky world of U.S. patents, though, Desire2Learn could end up paying even if the patent is overturned, as the East Texas kangaroo court where the case is being held has refused to stay the proceedings pending the results of the re-examination. More...

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EduPatent Alerts

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. EduPatent Alerts
Michael Feldstein has performed a service by creating 'Edupatent Alerts' - essentially an RSS aggregator that will flag any post that tags or uses the word 'edupatent' (including, I guess, this one). The idea is to help educators keep each other informed as these damaging patents come down that dysfunctional pipe known as the U.S. Patent Office. "If we all make use of this system, then you won't have to rely on just a couple of bloggers (e.g., me) to be able to see everything that's relevant and post about it". More...

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15 septembre 2019

Ohio State Denied Trademark of the Word “THE”

HomeBy Greta Anderson. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rejected Ohio State University's attempt to trademark the word "THE" for its university clothing and merchandise. More...

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09 septembre 2019

Software Patent Ignites Firestorm in Higher Education

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. John Cox[Edit][Delete]: Software Patent Ignites Firestorm in Higher Education, Network World [Edit][Delete] November 15, 2006
Network World covers the Blackboard patent lawsuit. "It's a case in which the level of vitriol and vilification is making the long-running and now-settled patent battle between Research in Motion and NTP look like high tea at the Ritz. There are claims, counterclaims, a civil suit, an extraordinary demand from a higher education IT group and a mounting torrent of blog postings. More...

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Sakai - Blackboard Patent

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Various authors[Edit][Delete]: Sakai - Blackboard Patent, Sakai [Edit][Delete] October 20, 2006
Sakai has commented about the Blackboard patent in its most recent newsletter. "We feel this patent is a hindrance to the free flow of innovation and communication in higher education technology." As well, Sakai Board Chair Joseph Hardin wrote to me in an email October 18, "It is important to note that we are working with the Software Freedom Law Center, along with Moodle and ATutor, and the SFLC is rather well known for upholding the interests of open source and free software developers, supporters and users. More...

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13 mai 2019

Le rôle des brevets et des normes dans l'innovation et l'emploi

Logo CESE - Conseil économique, social et environnementalL'internationalisation des échanges est inséparable du développement du droit des brevets et de la normalisation, éléments stratégiques d'une politique de conquête et de maintien des parts de marché des entreprises. A la lumière de cet enjeu, le Conseil économique et social examine les voies et moyens d'une amélioration de la situation française et analyse la relation entre brevets, normes et innovation technologique. Plus...

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