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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24 octobre 2018

Postini Antispam Patent Could Cause Headaches

Postini Antispam Patent Could Cause Headaches
So how would you feel if you could not block spam because some company received a wide-rranging patent for email filtering. Such a possibility is in the cards after the U.S. patent office granted (as usual, well after such systems were widely deployed) just such a patent. More...

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15 octobre 2018

Schools Targeted in Streaming Video Patent Claim

Schools Targeted in Streaming Video Patent Claim
Don't bother reading the full article (you'll see what I mean). Everything you need is in the first paragraph, with the exception of two strategically deleted words: streaming video. More...

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01 octobre 2018

Pattern Recognition

Pattern Recognition
"Google is disintermediating the library." This is one of the observations that led the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) to take a new look at the landscape and reassess its vision accordingly. More...

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05 septembre 2018

Patent Bending

Patent Bending
This brief article gets at what's wrong with the current patent environment in a few sentences. Imagine a world in which you had to pay royalties if you sold advertising in newspapers, fast food, delivered packages overnight, or threw a forkball. Patents hinder the competition from copying your invention, which by most accounts is fine. But today's regime crushes entire industries. More...

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12 juillet 2018

Strands of Standards is an Anti-Pattern

Strands of Standards is an Anti-Pattern
Tom Hoffman, Tuttle SVC, February 3, 2014
Although Liping Ma's article is a critique of the reorganization of mathematics instruction, it offers lessons applicable to the redefinition of learning into the acquisition of competencies in general. Tom Hoffman summarizes it nicely: "Ma's argument is that American elementary school mathematics was profoundly but nearly imperceptibly transformed by the switch from what she calls a 'core-subject model' to a 'strand' model. The difference to Ma is that a 'core-subject' '...is a collection of skills or a self-contained subject with principles similar to those of the discipline of mathematics." Now a strand isn't the same as a competency, but the problem is the same. More...

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10 juillet 2018

IE Patent Endgame Detailed

IE Patent Endgame Detailed
If you use plug-ins on your website, prepare for some changes as Microsoft continues to lose appeals to a verdict declaring that a small holding company actually "invented" plug-ins, and that Microsoft and presumably other browsers, are in violation. More...

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