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[News] Human Operations Patented (for Shame)

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Humans central in Spinvox patents

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| The voicemail-to-text service Spinvox has applied for two patents which 
| describe the service as being operated by humans, the BBC has learned. 
| 
| Spinvox has previously claimed that state-of-the-art speech recognition 
| technology is the basis of its service. 
| 
| However, its patent applications claim the approach is accurate precisely 
| because it employs human operators.  
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8174721.stm


Recent:

harmfulpatents.org

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| More than 20 years after medical expert systems were first developed, the
| USPTO issued two patents simply on the concept of using a computer to help
| physicians choose medical treatments. A company that purchased these patents
| claims that "the diagnosis and treatment of most chronic diseases will fall
| under the claims of these patents." Already it has filed patent infringement
| suits against seven companies in three years and it threatened to sue a
| university for hosting a freely available HIV database. Perhaps most
| startling of all, that same university -- where much of the seminal research
| on expert systems took place -- entered into a licensing agreement intended
| to limit the use of the HIV database, which had been created by one of its
| own faculty.
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http://www.harmfulpatents.org/


Do Patents Kill? A Strange Twist in the Ramkumar vs Samsung Saga

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| A number of papers report that a death in Chennai could be connected with the
| ongoing Ramkumar vs Samsung (and others) patent litigation, a litigation that
| we have been tracking on this blog.
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http://spicyipindia.blogspot.com/2009/05/do-patents-kill-strange-twist-in.html
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