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[News] Red Hat Tells the United States Supreme Court to Rubbish Software Patents

  • Subject: [News] Red Hat Tells the United States Supreme Court to Rubbish Software Patents
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 02 Oct 2009 20:24:51 +0100
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Red Hat Urges Supreme Court to Address Difficulties Posed By Patents to Software


Red Hat files brief in Supreme Court patent case

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| Red Hat is adding its say to the Bilski patent case, 
| filing a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court emphasizing 
| practical problems with software patents.
| Red Hat argues that the patent system is supposed to 
| foster innovation, but in software it does the 
| opposite, slowing and discouraging innovation. Software 
| products may involve thousands of patentable 
| components, leaving developers to risk defending costly 
| patent infringement claims.


Red Hat Files its Bilski Brief: Asks Supreme Ct. to Exclude Software From Patentability - Updated, text

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| They stand alone alone so far among vendors, willing to 
| stand up and express what the FOSS community would 
| really say if it could speak with one voice to the 
| Supreme Court. This is certainly what *I* would say if 
| I had that chance. And so I am satisfied. I was going 
| down the depressing list of briefs filed for Petitioner 
| on the ABA's list of filed amicus briefs, and it was so 
| frustrating to see no one saying anything like what I 
| believe to be technically true about software patents 
| or addressing the specific needs of Free and Open 
| Source software. At last someone has told them what we 
| wanted to say. I just hope the Supreme Court has some 
| techies in the clerk pool!


Red Hat comes out swinging against software patents

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| What do Microsoft, Red Hat, and Canonical all have in 
| common? They all dislike software patents. Don't get me 
| wrong. Many companies that are anti-patent also hold 
| and use patents against their enemies. Microsoft is one 
| of those. But, if you get an in-house corporate IP 
| (intellectual property) lawyer from any company in a 
| bar, he or she will tell you that software patents are 
| awful. So, I'm pleased to report that Red Hat, has 
| filed an amicus curiae brief with SCOTUS (Supreme Court 
| of the United States) asking the Court to adopt the 
| Bilski case ruling and explictly extend it so that 
| software can't be patented.


Red Hat files Software Patent Brief

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| Oh and one section in all caps âAN ABSTRACT IDEA DOES 
| A further note of interest is the references Red Hat 
| draws upon, including thinkers such as Donald Knuth and | Richard M. Stallman.
| For a laugh, one might like to contrast the vital 
| effort Red Hat is making here attempting to correct 
| what is almost universally recognized as a broken 
| patent system hindering software innovation and 
| personal freedom with Novellâs press release today, 
| âGot Mono?â where Novell takes another opportunity to 
| hawk Mono and .NET.



Red Hat Stories Liberating Innovation Software Patent Challenges


Red Hat Makes its Position Patent

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| My reasoning was that this was an extremely technical consideration of the
| issue of software patents, and that the people pondering the matter would not
| be interested in vague philosophical waffle about why software patents were a
| bad thing. They would be looking for keenly-argued, legalistic comments of
| the kind I was manifestly unable to provide.
| Instead, I thought it better to leave this one to those better able to obtain
| some heavy legal advice on what should be written, and how.


Steve Stites - Subject: Thank You ( May 5, 2009, 19:43:29 )

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| I think that a more appropriate title for the article would be "Red Hat
| speaks for us all on software patents".
| Thank you, Red Hat.
| Red Hat presents the Open Source argument against software patents very well.
| I would also like to see a commercial software company such as Microsoft
| present the commercial argument against software patents. Software patents
| are less than a zero sum game among the commercial software companies. They
| create a net drag on the commercial software industry. Microsoft has the
| largest loses of any company in the software patent wars and they are the
| logical commercial candidate to lobby for the abolition of software patents.


Red Hat VP explains software patent threat at Linux Expo

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| Rob Tiller, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at Red Hat,
| explained the need for patent reform and discussed the implications of the
| recent Bilski decision during a presentation on Saturday at the Southern
| Cailfornia Linux Expo (SCALE).
| The patent system, which was originally conceived as an instrument for
| promoting progress by encouraging disclosure of inventions, is poorly suited
| to accommodate the complexities of modern innovation. The Patent Office isn't
| equipped to process the rapidly growing volume of technical patent filings
| and the boundaries of patentability aren't drawn clearly enough to block
| excessively broad patents.



Red Hat Asks Federal Court To Limit Patents On Software

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| Today, Red Hat took a public stand challenging the standards for patenting 
| software. In the Biliski case that is now before the Federal Circuit Court of 
| Appeals, this patent issue is ripe for consideration. In a friend of the 
| court brief submitted to the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in the Bilski 
| case today, Red Hat describes the special problems that patents pose for open 
| source and seeks modification of the standards for patentable subject matter 
| that take open source into account. Here is a quick summary of our brief.      

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