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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30 avril 2019

Patent Absurdity

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Patent Absurdity
This is a good explanation of why software patents, as currently employed in the U.S. and as proposed (repeatedly) for Europe, are such a bad idea. Consider what would happen if they applied to novels. Instead of protecting specific text, the patent would protect, say, "the concept of a character who has been in jail for a long time and becomes bitter towards society and humankin." More...

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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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