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[News] [SOT] Microsoft of the Wi-Fi World Leads to Unrest

  • Subject: [News] [SOT] Microsoft of the Wi-Fi World Leads to Unrest
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 22 Sep 2007 04:25:02 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Next generation Wi-Fi mired in patent fears

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| The IEEE working group developing the 802.11n Wi-Fi is holding urgent 
| meetings this week to discuss a significant threat to the standard from 
| patents held by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research 
| Organisation (CSIRO). Despite requests from the IEEE, CSIRO has failed to 
| promise not to sue anyone for infringement.    


Samsung Elec, LG Elec join digital TV patent pool

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| "The decision to form a pool was made in order to minimise the risk of patent 
| disputes," a Samsung spokesman told Reuters. 



EFF Challenges Bogus Patent on Internet Subdomains

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| The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is challenging a bogus patent on 
| Internet subdomains that has been used to threaten small businesses and 
| innovators.  


EU accuses Rambus of 'patent ambush'

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| European Union regulators have charged Rambus Inc. with antitrust abuse, 
| alleging the memory chip designer demanded "unreasonable" royalties for its 
| patents that were fraudulently set as industry standards.  


Open Source Patents

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| Nice, creative idea. But note a few things. First, the OIN patent pooling 
| approach relies on the patent monopoly to work, since the potential threat of 
| a patent infringement lawsuit is what induces third parties to enter into the 
| OIN license (on the other hand, without the patent monopoly, there would be 
| no reason for OIN to exist).    
| [...]
| In other words, it's similar to the situation that would exist in the absence 
| of IP--without all the effort and waste to get a bunch of flaccid scraps of  
| paper. 


When Patents Threaten Science

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| Patents should not be used to protect laws of nature, products of
| nature, or mathematical formulas.


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