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[News] FSFE to Fight Software Patents, Microsoft Bets on Software Patents

  • Subject: [News] FSFE to Fight Software Patents, Microsoft Bets on Software Patents
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2008 16:28:34 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
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[FSFE PR][EN] FSFE Newsletter

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| A new  antitrust case may be undertaken after complaints by Opera Software 
| that Microsoft has willfully distorted the web browser marketplace.  It's 
| also important to note that this does not in any way solve the problem
| with patents on software.  Such patents are still being granted by the
| European Patent Office (EPO) in violation of current law, and the FSFE is
| encouraging the European Commission to take actions to permanently abolish
| patents on software, both in theory and practice.


Patents, Microsoft, and the Future

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| Fact: According to the latest annual report on patents released this month, 
| the number of patents awarded in 2007 by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 
| was down a full 9.5 percent from 2006’s all-time high. In addition, some 80 
| percent of the companies on the list of top recipients (including IBM, 
| repeating for its 14th straight year at the top of the list) received fewer 
| patents than they had the year before.  Only one American company in the top 
| 25 earned more patents in 2007 than it had the year before: Microsoft.      


And people used to give Doug a hard time when he complained about software
patents in a Linux forum...

1. Buy lobbyists
2. Make new laws in the US
3. Extend broken laws to other countries
4. [...]
5. Make competition illegal (Profit!)


Microsoft patents by Brian Jones

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| For fun we just did a quick search of published US patent applications 
| with "Brian Jones" as an author, and "Microsoft" as the assignee. 
| [...]
| Some of these, like the packing ones, seem to apply directly to OOXML. What 
| isn't clear to us is why Microsoft would pursue patent protection for patents 
| rights that their are promising that they won't assert over users of OOXML.  


Cyberlaw OOXML Seminar 14 December

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| However, this raises the issue - what assurance does a developer have that 
| such a large specification is not the subject of third party patent claims?  
|       ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| The pedigree of the specification is certainly no reason for hope, Microsoft 
| has been the target of third party patent claims for some time now including 
| some high profile losses in patent suits. The fact that the specification has 
| been developed behind closed doors and on a fast track means that there has 
| been no adequate opportunity to evaluate the likelihood of third party patent 
| claims against the specifications. The sheer size of the document suggests 
| there will be at least a couple hiding in there somewhere.       


ISO warned about possible patent violations of DIS29500 (aka OOXML)

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| I have just send the following email to ISO members (you can find some of 
| their email addresses on the INCTIS website) to warn them about the possible  
| patent ambush... 


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