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[News] Eulogy for Software Patents Sung in Web Sites

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Software and business method patents take a hit

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| Certainly we are not at the end of this, but for the first time in a long 
| time advocates of software patents have been put on the defensive. This is 
| really big.  


State Street Overruled... PERIOD

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| The Federal Circuit has overruled State Street and software patents are no 
| longer available as they have come to be available over the last 10 to 15 
| years.   


US court throws out most software patents - Microsoft has a problem

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| Much of the patent portfolio of some of the world's biggest software 
| companies has become worthless overnight, thanks to a ruling yesterday by the 
| US patent court.  


The Scariest Things in Open Source  

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| Another scary thing for those in Open Source would be patents.  Honestly, 
| thanks to the legal work done by so many in the FOSS world (big props to you 
| guys), patents have more or less become a huge paper tiger.  They still scare 
| a lot of people, but in the end, all the saber rattling by the big boys 
| (Microsoft, Oracle, Apple, Intel, etc, etc) have more or less rendered 
| patents as nothing more than dead trees splattered with ink.     


Federal Circuit Reins in Business Method Patents

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| During the 1990s, it handed down its Alappat and State Street decisions, 
| which gave a green light to patents on software and business methods, two 
| categories of innovation that had traditionally been regarded as ineligible 
| for patent protection. Even as the evidence mounted earlier this decade that 
| these patents were hindering, rather than promoting, technological 
| innovation, the Federal Circuit showed no sign of backing down.     



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| 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.

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