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[News] FFII Organises Anti-Software Patents Day While Microsoft Troll Celebrates Extortion

  • Subject: [News] FFII Organises Anti-Software Patents Day While Microsoft Troll Celebrates Extortion
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 20 Sep 2009 00:34:11 +0100
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FFII: World Day preparations #ssp09 - answer like your minister

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| September 24th software professionals around the world will 
| celebrate the annual World Day against Software Patents. This 
| year the Swedish EU Presidency happens to contributes a 
| minister consultation to the #ssp09 celebrations with an aim to 
| "[review] Community innovation policy in a changing world".


Trolls demanding tolls

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| The market is still small but it is growing quicklyâby perhaps 
| 20-30% a year, reckons Coller Capital, an investment firm that 
| has snapped up, among other prizes, IBMâs portfolio of medical-
| device and health-care patents. Intellectual Ventures, based 
| near Seattle, has spent a large chunk of the $5 billion it has 
| raised from investors on buying patents; at the last count it 
| had 27,000. Fortress, a big hedge-fund and private-equity 
| group, is also active. Ron Epstein of iPotential, a patent-
| brokerage firm, says he is getting an ever-increasing volume of 
| calls from hedge funds looking for patents related to mobile 
| telecoms, medical equipment, biotechnology and the internet. He 
| estimates that $4 billion-worth were bought and sold last year 
| overall.


An Appeal to the New Patent Office Director: Repeal the Single Sentence Rule

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| The consequence of the USPTOâs âsingle sentence ruleâ requires 
| the patent drafter to cram several paragraphs of description 
| into a single sentence. The rule forces claim drafters to 
| convert otherwise sensible sentences into multiple clauses 
| beginning âwherein,â such as: âwherein the stringed instrument 
| includes a vibrato bridge movable to vary the tension of each 
| of said one or more strings wherein each of said one or more 
| strings is connected at one end to the actuating means and 
| wherein the actuating means is carried by the vibrato bridge.â3 
| In a patent attorneyâs hands, the above clause contains 
| reasonable usage. In the hands of any other person, that clause
| âpart of the lengthier entirety of the claimâjustifiably drives 
| them apoplectic. 



FFII and EPO announce "Binaries-As-Prior-Art"

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| After years of confidential work, the European Patent Office (EPO) and the
| Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII) today announce a
| radical way to improve software patent quality: Binaries-As-Prior-Art, or
| BAPA. BAPA combines a database of billions of compiled computer programs
| ("binaries") with a powerful Cloud search engine that can find any invention
| in microseconds.

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