04 avril 2019

GSM Association Rejects New DRM Patent License Terms

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. GSM Association Rejects New DRM Patent License Terms
Just an update on the DRM conflicts taking place at the manufacturer level. In this item, the The GSM Association, a trade association representing wireless carriers, has rejected the revised MPEG-LA royalty schedule (this would license for patents held by ContentGuard and others, and has been widely opposed). More...

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20 mars 2019

How a 20 Year Old Patent Application Could Up-End Canada’s Biggest Trade Deal

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. How a 20 Year Old Patent Application Could Up-End Canada’s Biggest Trade Deal
Michael Geist, Aug 05, 2014
Opponents of free trade legislation have long argued that these mechanisms subvert the rule of law in the contracted countries. This has now apparently been proven to be the case in - where else? - patent law. More...

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13 mars 2019

Supreme Court Strikes a Major Blow for Patent Reform

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Supreme Court Strikes a Major Blow for Patent Reform
This is very good news. In a nutshell, the Supreme Court has ruled that a broad and common-sense reading of the word 'obvious' should be used when considering whether a proposed patent is 'obvious'. More...

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01 mars 2019

OASIS Patent Policy Sparks Boycott

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. OASIS Patent Policy Sparks Boycott
This was pretty inevitable. "A who's who of the open-source and free-software movements on Tuesday took aim at a leading Web services standards group, escalating pressure for mandatory royalty-free licensing policies with calls for a boycott of its specifications." OASIS does not require that submission be patent-free, which means that companies that use OASIS specifications could at any time be hit with a lawsuit over a previously undisclosed patent. More...

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27 février 2019

Further Evidence of Complete Stupidity in the US Patent Office

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Further Evidence of Complete Stupidity in the US Patent Office
Stephen Marshall, Stephen's Blog, March 8, 2013
As Stephen Marshall says, "I really wish the trade people discussing the need for stronger intellectual property protection would deal with the problem of stupid patents like this - they would have more credibility in arguing their case if they weren't trying to protect a fundamentally corrupt and broken system." Why the outburst. More...

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University of Phoenix Online Platform Receives Patent from United States Patent and Trademark Office

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. University of Phoenix Online Platform Receives Patent from United States Patent and Trademark Office
University of Phoenix, February 4, 2013
This one passed by last week and I just never got the chance to ake note (I spent most of last week quite under the weather). It's the sort of link I need extra energy to writem, because it's another one of those "the U.S. patent system is broken" links. More...

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16 décembre 2018

UW Madison to Pay $32 Million Over Patent Contract

HomeBy Emma Whitford. The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), the patent-licensing organization for the University of Wisconsin at Madison, was ordered to pay $32 million to Washington University in St. Louis after a judge ruled that WARF violated a royalties contract between the two universities, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. More...

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13 décembre 2018

Eight Corporations May be Learning the Hard Way about Patent Infringement

Eight Corporations May be Learning the Hard Way about Patent Infringement
A patent troll has launched an action against eight LMS companies. IPLearn holds US Patent 5,967,793, 'Relationship-Based Computer-Aided-Educational System', which describes a way for students to learn a new subject based on its relationship to subjects they already know (in other words, what we generally call 'adaptive learning'). More...

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30 novembre 2018

Kodak wins Java patent suit

Kodak wins Java patent suit
Could Kodak own object oriented programming? That's apparently what a U.S. judge thinks as he awarded an absolutely outrageous victory to the photography company in a lawsuit against Sun. Kodak maintained that the core technology used in Java - "the method where an application 'asked for help' from another application" - violated a patent it bought from Wang in 1997, several years aftr Java was created. More...

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09 novembre 2018

Group: Linux Potentially Infringes 283 Patents

Group: Linux Potentially Infringes 283 Patents
It's discomforting to see the two sides gear up for what may become an all-out patent war against open source. Can't say I didn't see it coming, though. More...

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