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[News] Bilski Case (Due This Month) Could Crush Software Patents

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What the patents-obsessed say (IAM):

Waiting for Bilski; but will business method patents ever be the same anyway?

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| And talking of business method patents, it struck me last night that one 
| consequence of the current turmoil in the financial markets is that we will 
| see far fewer of them in the future, whatever happens with Bilski. After all, 
| financial institutions have been among the major players in the business 
| method patent field as they seek to protect innovative investing strategies, 
| risk models and the like. However, there are not as many of these 
| institutions as there were a few months ago, while those that are left are 
| much less likely to be looking for new and exciting ways to make money. 
| Instead, they will be going back to basics. If this is the case, patenting is 
| going to be the last thing on their minds.         


Patent trolls abound (Azure should be reported to the FTC):

Recent patent infringement cases filed in U.S. District Courts

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| Azure Networks LLC vs. Nokia Inc.
| Plaintiff Azure is a Texas limited liability company with its principal place 
| of business in Longview. 
| Azure claims it owns the rights to U.S. Patent No. 6,981,158 
| entitled "Methods and Apparatus for Tracing Packets" issued on Dec. 27, 2005. 
| Also, Azure claims it is the owner by assignment of U.S. Patent No. 7,302,704 
| entitled "Excising Compromised Routers From an Ad-Hoc Network" issued on Nov. 
| 27, 2007.  


Azure Networks has no products. It's a troll firm.


Stop European Software Patents (Again)

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| It is now over three years since the European Parliament threw out a
| controversial bill that would have brought in software patents.
| It was a victory of sorts for those trying to preserve some sanity in the
| world of computing, but only a partial and temporary one. Those in favour of
| intellectual monopolies are hardly going to give up, and already have a
| number of irons in the fire that they will doubtless deploy in due course.
| In preparation for that day, people on the other side are beginning to
| mobilise their forces...


Under the Radar: Two Tales From the Secret Life of Patents

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| During the impassioned debate over a proposed European directive on software
| patents, opponents of software patents mounted a graphic demonstration of the
| problem, entitled the Patented European Webshop. The website showed that
| despite official proscription of patents on "computer programs as such" in
| Europe, patents were nonetheless granted for common website functions. This
| propaganda coup elicited anxiety among small businesses and played an
| important in defeating the directive, which would have legitimized those
| patents.


FSF: Urgent: Send comments to USPTO opposing software patents

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| Tell The United States Patent and Trademark Office that software and business
| method patents should not be part of the EU-US patent treaty.

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