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[News] Analysis of US Government on Software Patents; Intel and Moblin Patent Issues

  • Subject: [News] Analysis of US Government on Software Patents; Intel and Moblin Patent Issues
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 30 Sep 2009 13:51:32 +0100
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Bilski Briefing: Government Argues that Section 101 "Processes" are limited
to "technological and industrial processes."

,----[ Quote ]
| Although Bilski's claim does not relate directly to 
| software, the machine-or-transformation could be seen 
| to limit the patentability of software processes acting 
| on a general purpose computer (as opposed to a 
| "particular machine").


Intel Statement on Software Patents

,----[ Quote ]
| Now, to protect and encourage this kind of vast U.S. 
| investment, and I'm referring to both the technical as 
| well as the financial aspects, and, to promote the 
| development of new and improved products, we at Intel 
| believe that software-related technology should 
| continue to be afforded the opportunity to obtain 
| patent protection. 


- From the comments:

Does Silverlight on Linux matter?

,----[ Quote ]
| Are you seriously saying, that when Microsoft is making 
| the field of on-line video more fragmented with one 
| more proprietary format that is aimed at nothing else 
| but give more control to Microsoft, we should applaud 
| the company for doing this? This has nothing to do with 
| choice for the users. If the use of Silverlight spreads 
| wider in the future, the users are guaranteed not to 
| have more choice and control of their computing 
| experience.



Why Microsoft won't fight moblin

,----[ Quote ]
| Moblin is the solution to the problem of Intel:
| providing a free, lightweight and powerful OS to sell
| cheaper netbooks and devices. This allows Microsoft to
| get out of the "bargain basement OS" market and to
| focus on a more expensive, higher end market with
| Windows 7. The differentiation between both OS is
| large enough to ensure that most people won't buy a
| Moblin device to replace their computer but to
| complement it. It suits Microsoft better if consumer
| purchase a Windows 7 desktop AND a Moblin netbook than
| if their purchase only a cheap Windows XP netbook.

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