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[News] Attack of the Software Patents Intensifies

  • Subject: [News] Attack of the Software Patents Intensifies
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 12 Dec 2009 16:26:06 +0000
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British government clowning around with patents -- but no-one's laughing 

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| On the assumption that this is not a 
| practical joke, it now seems that the 
| British government is set to tax the fruits 
| of research and development in order to fund 
| ... research and development. What a 
| wonderful incentive to invest, particularly 
| when other countries are encouraging R&D by 
| doing the exact opposite. Merpel says, don't 
| worry: Britain's best tax brains will soon 
| find ways of showing that the income in 
| question isn't derived from patents at all, 
| and the government's coffers will be none 
| the fuller.


Apple Countersues Nokia

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| Responding to a lawsuit brought against the 
| company by Nokia, Apple today filed a 
| countersuit claiming that Nokia is 
| infringing 13 Apple patents. 


Apple, Nokia Patent Fight Continues


Apple countersues Nokia 


Apple and Nokia's battle hots up


Round Table on Software Patents at the Israel Patent Office

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| As I have explained in this blog in earlier 
| articles, I consider the copyright double 
| protection idea is problematic since 
| copyright protects the embodiment of the 
| idea and not the idea itself. Why shouldnât 
| a software invention be protectable against 
| reengineering? Is a 70 year protection 
| against copying of any value in a field 
| where a generation is usually 2 years? 
| Considering software not technical is 
| ridiculous. software is rightly considered 
| an engineering discipline. Since algorithms 
| can be hard-wired into chips or by a machine 
| with valves, the concept of software being 
| different from hardware is somewhat 
| arbitrary. Nevertheless, Lord Justice Jacobs 
| has presented powerful arguments as to why 
| software patents are not in the interest of 
| promoting progress and there is a large 
| open-source community.


Israel in danger of software patents

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| The Israeli Patent Office (IPO) has launched 
| a consultation on whether or not to allow 
| software patents, with a February 2010 
| deadline. Iâve put the details at the end of 
| this post, but first some background.
|     * The IPO consistently rejects software 
|     patents and business method patents. 
|     Examples:
|           o The 2005 rejection of the 142049 
|           website patent
|           o The September 2006 rejection of 
|           the 131733 sales coupons patent
|     * Patent Attorney Ehud Hausman, with the 
|     support of international pro-swpat lobby 
|     group AIPPI, has been trying since 2007 
|     to change this.
|     * He claimed in May 2008 to have partly 
|     convinced the IPO to grant software 
|     patents (but no change on business 
|     method patents). Iâve no third-party 
|     confirmation of this.


Objectivists: "All Property is Intellectual Property"

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| In other words, if you take a principled 
| approach to IP, you endorse a system that 
| condemns society to stagnation and death. So 
| most proponents, like Rand, realizing this, 
| start making ad hoc, unprincipled, 
| utilitarian exceptions to avoid the most 
| obvious, harsh consequences of a principled 
| implementation of their confused IP ideas. 



Virgin Media wins Gemstar EPG ruling

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| Virgin Media has succeeded in the patent dispute
| brought against it by Gemstar TV Guide. The
| London High Court rulings call into question the
| ability for intellectual property rights holder
| Rovi to enforce its patents both in the UK and
| with operators around the world.
| Gemstar, now part of Rovi, had claimed the
| cablenetâs EPG had breached three patents â EP
| 0969662, EP 1377049 and EP 1613066 â which were
| involved in the display and transfer of
| programme information and metadata. BSkyB,
| Foxtel, Portugal Telecom, Sky Italia and UPC
| Broadband have all signed up to Roviâs patent
| programme.

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