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What an Obama Presidency Means for Technology

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| Begin Intellectual Property Reform: rather than just the usual extension of 
| copyright terms, Obama’s staff recognizes the “need to update and reform our 
| copyright and patent systems to promote civic discourse, innovation and 
| investment while ensuring that intellectual property owners are fairly 
| treated.” That includes “opening up the patent process to citizen review [to] 
| reduce the uncertainty and wasteful litigation that is currently a 
| significant drag on innovation.”      
| Obama’s running mate has been criticized for supporting current policy on 
| copyright, but an exposure of government policy to sources of light outside 
| of the lobbyists currently illuminating the dark caves of Washington is 
| likely to change things dramatically.   


Obama proposes patent reform

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| The new US-President wants to improve "predictability and clarity" in the 
| patent system as well as "patent quality". His reforms would "reduce the 
| uncertainty and wasteful litigation that is currently a significant drag on 
| innovation"   




Protests against EPO corruption:


Lisbon Treaty fiasco:


“Staff at the European Patent Office went on strike accusing the organization
of corruption: specifically, stretching the standards for patents in order to
make more money.”

“One of the ways that the EPO has done this is by issuing software patents in
defiance of the treaty that set it up.”

                                                --Richard Stallman


IP advisers agree U.S. patent office needs reform

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| Rai has signed a brief in the case arguing for a broad scope in what can be
| patented. But Obama co-sponsored a patent reform bill in 2007 that would have
| prohibited patents on tax-avoidance strategies, Reines noted. He suggested
| that McCain supports wide patentability on technology, including
| software. “Software is a very important industry, and Senator McCain believes
| we need to support our innovation economy critically,” Reines said.
| The McCain side didn’t take a position on business method patents.



McCain comes out against Net Neutrality; Says would hire Microsoft CEO Steve

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| In another move that was sure to infuriate many geeks, the 70 year
| old presidential hopeful also said that he would ask Microsoft CEO
| Steve Ballmer to serve on his cabinet to deal with technology issues
| if elected. He did not however say what position Ballmer might be
| hired in, but did joke that he might consider him for a diplomatic
| position, such as ambassador to China.


McCain advised by software patent & tobacco lobbyists?

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| McCain is advised by pro-software patent lobbyist Ray Gifford, ex-President
| of the Progress & Freedom Foundation (a Washington 'think-tank' notably
| financed by Microsoft lobby proxy CompTIA). Gifford was speaking in a
| conference Europe about the failed software patent directive with all the
| pro-software patent lobbyists. Progress & Freedom Foundation runs the
| IPCentral blog.


McCain senior advisor Carleton Fiorina

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| But the fact is. A company that wants to invest in patent lawyers can expand
| the number of patents it holds as it likes. Just reallocate resources to the
| legal department. And HP under Carly Fiorina did that, increased the number
| of patents it applied for dramatically. But does it mean more innovation?
| [...]
| I recently noticed that SUN Microsystems announced to abandon its patent
| inflation strategy as over-patenting was not worth the investment. It is
| difficult to assess the strategic value of a mine field and you don't find
| good data how much profit is generated by patents, which patents generate
| profit or benefit for the company and which are not worth the investment. In
| most companies investments in patents follow a rule of thumb. Large holders
| seek profit with patent portfolios like hunters with a shotgun aim for a
| flock of birds.

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