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[News] Intellectual Monopolies Shown for Their Ridiculousness

  • Subject: [News] Intellectual Monopolies Shown for Their Ridiculousness
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 07 Oct 2009 12:53:56 +0100
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Examples of Outrageous Patents and Judgments

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| Examples of (at least apparently) ridiculous 
| patents and patent applications abound (more 
| at PatentLawPractice):
|     * Amazon's "one-click" patent, asserted 
|     against rival Barnes & Noble
|     * Cendant's assertion that Amazon violated 
|     Cendant's patent monopoly on recommending 
|     books to customers (since settled)
|     * The attempt of Dustin Stamper, Bush's 
|     Top Economist, to secure a patent 
|     regarding an application for a System And 
|     Method For Multi-State Tax Analysis, which 
|     claims "a method, comprising: creating one 
|     or more alternate entity structures based 
|     on a base entity structure, the base 
|     entity structure comprising one or more 
|     entities; determining a tax liability for 
|     each alternate entity structure and the 
|     base entity structure; and generating a 
|     result based on comparing each of the 
|     determined tax liabilities"


US software patent repartee

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| Harsh words came from Eben Moglen of the 
| Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC): "Software 
| patenting has been a scourge in the global 
| technology industries," writes the lawyer. In 
| his brief, Moglen argues that software is 
| nothing more than an array of computer 
| instructions. In the lawyer's opinion, 
| computer programs should be as ineligible for 
| patent protection as mathematical equations or 
| precise descriptions of physical laws. Ciaran 
| O'Riordan of the End Software Patents 
| campaign, which is supported by the Free 
| Software Foundation (FSF), also calls software 
| patents an "economic failure and a hindrance 
| to the progress of the useful arts." Allowing 
| software patents has "resulted in perverse 
| economic effects," as litigation is 
| increasingly targeting not only developers, 
| but also users in the general economy, said 
| O'Riordan.



EU Worried About IP Harming Innovation... But Gets It Backwards

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| Rob H alerts us to an article that starts out sounding
| reasonable... pointing out that politicians in the EU are meeting
| because they're worried about intellectual property laws holding
| back innovation in Europe... but then it goes off the rails. You
| see, they're not worried that the laws are holding back
| innovation because they're too strict, but because they're too
| weak. As you look, though, you realize that these politicians
| have basically been lobbied by businesses that want protectionist
| policies.

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