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[News] China Bypasses US Intellectual Monopolies While USPTO Leads to Civil Wars

  • Subject: [News] China Bypasses US Intellectual Monopolies While USPTO Leads to Civil Wars
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2009 22:54:52 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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"China Will Reshape International Intellectual Property Policy"

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| I just read a great paper by Andrea Wechsler 'Intellectual Property Law in 
| the P.R. China: A powerful Economic Tool for Innovation and Development', Max 
| Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition & Tax Law Research 
| Paper No. 09-02, November 12, 2008, download at SSRN here.    
| In 56 pages Ms Wechsler takes you on a journey to see the changing purposes 
| in and rationales for international IP protection, the political economy of 
| IP protection and the Chinese approach to IP policy in the light of 
| international IP law developments.   


Apple fined $19m in 'Predictive Snooping' case

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| Apple has been ordered to pay $19m (£12.9m/€14.3m) in damages after losing a 
| patent infringement case which its lawyers hoped might only cost the firm 
| $270,000.  


28 More Companies Sued Over Grouped Toolbars Patent

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| You may recall last summer that we wrote about Gary Odom (as known as Patent 
| Hawk) who has been known to stop by our site here to throw around an insult 
| or two (nice guy!). It seems that Odom, who had previously worked with 
| Microsoft, doing prior art research for its patents, had decided to turn 
| around and sue Microsoft for having software toolbars that take different 
| toolbar items and group the items together (stunning innovation, there). It 
| later turned out that he may have violated his contracts in suing Microsoft.      
| That case is still ongoing, but why stop with just suing one company? 
| Especially when that company is big and has lots of lawyers. Why not sue 28 
| other companies over the same patent.   


Ah! Innovation. Meanwhile, in some other places, people can actually develop
and compete better.


SA minister slams software patents

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| In a taped address for the Idlelo 3 conference, Fraser-Moleketi said
| that “open standards are a critical factor in building interoperable systems
| that are important to governments … In South African we have a document - the
| minimum interoperability standards - which includes the use of open document
| format or ODF.”    
| Fraser-Moleketi pointed out that ODF was adopted as an ISO standard in 2006.
| She said that it was “unfortunate that the leading vendor of proprietary
| office software, which enjoys considerable dominance in the market, chose not
| to participate and support ODF in its products but rather to develop its own
| competing document standard, which is now also awaiting judgement in the ISO
| process.    

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