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[News] Another JPEG Patent Passees Through Broken USPTO, Reform Still a Farce

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Smith Micro Receives Patent For JPEG Compression Technology

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| Smith Micro Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: SMSI) today announced that it was issued 
| U.S. Patent No. 7,502,514 "System and Method for Lossless Compression of 
| Already Compressed Files" by the U.S Patent and Trademark Office. The 
| new '514 patent extends to a system and method for losslessly compressing 
| already compressed files including, but not limited to, archive files like 
| ZIP, and media formats such as MP3 and JPEGs.      


Senators urge patent combatants to compromise

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| Leading senators in the battle over patent reform urged stakeholders on 
| Thursday to reach some sort of compromise that would allow a balanced 
| overhaul of the patent system to win approval.  



Chocolate coins for EPO cash cow

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| Examiners of the European Patent Office have recently invaded one of the
| secret meetings of the Administrative Council with chocolate coins, pointing
| to the conflict of interests between the National Patent Offices (NPOs) and
| their appetite of "more patents, more money".


The Economic Impact of Software Patents

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| The UK's Patent Office – which now goes by the awful name of UK Intellectual
| Property Office, which means it's really the UK Intellectual Monopolies
| Office – is a curious beast. On the one hand, as its name suggests, it's tied
| into one of the biggest confidence tricks around, dressing up conceptual
| mutton as intellectual lamb. On the other, there are odd outbreaks of sanity
| that suggest someone in there understands some of the deeper issues
| concerning software patents.
| [...]
| It's not coincidence that Microsoft still maintains that GNU/Linux infringes
| on some 200 of its sacred software patents – and yet is strangely coy about
| naming them, since it doesn't want its bluff called.

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