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[News] Intellectual Monopoly and Especially Software Patents Bound to Burst, EU Sends Petition

  • Subject: [News] Intellectual Monopoly and Especially Software Patents Bound to Burst, EU Sends Petition
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 26 Jan 2010 12:51:27 +0000
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Is IP another bubble about to burst? A view from another civilization.

,----[ Quote ]
| As a child growing up in India, one of the 
| first things I learned is a hymn to 
| Saraswati, the Goddess of Knowledge, which 
| says that:
| Wonderful is your gift of knowledge
| the more we share, the more it grows
| the more we hoard it, the more it diminishes
| As a grown-up living in a globalized world, 
| I am constantly bombarded by the the term, 
| âintellectual property.â Policy makers keep 
| saying that India should create more IP. 
| Countless seminars extol the virtues of IP 
| even as patents are granted for âMethod for 
| swinging on a swing,â "Method for Concealing 
| Partial Baldness." In the computer industry, 
| patents are routinely granted for things 
| that are obvious and have been known for 
| years. Things have come to such a pass that 
| even an industry veteran like Andy Grove was 
| forced to say that,  âThe true value of an 
| invention is its usefulness to the public. 
| Patents themselves have become products. 
| They're instruments of investment traded on 
| a separate market, often by speculators 
| motivated by the highest financial return on 
| their investment....
| [...]
| When we look back on our times, we may find 
| that the term, "Intellectual Property" has 
| taken its place along side another archaic 
| term, "Horseless Carriage." Both were 
| attempts to impose metaphors of the past on 
| the future. And the folly of our times is 
| that we treat inexhaustible resources like 
| knowledge as finite resource and treat 
| finite resources like oil and forests as 
| infinite resources. The sooner we turn these 
| attitudes around, the better it will be for 
| the future of mankind.


Software patents petition pushed 

,----[ Quote ]
| A PETITION opposing software patents has 
| been launched in Europe with the hope of 
| preventing costly legal battles and 
| restrictive policies.
| It has long been thought that patenting 
| software was counter-productive to 
| innovation in the industry, and the adoption 
| of software patents in the UK and Europe has 
| long been debated. This latest online 
| petition looks to be gathering broad support 
| in light of some recent disputes.



W3C sidesteps Apple over widget-patent

,----[ Quote ]
| The W3C has spent the last three months
| poring over Apple's patent on remote
| updating, and the web standards organization
| thinks the patent can be avoided by careful
| wording and tweaking a couple of APIs.


Apple Wants Patents For Crippling Cellphones

,----[ Quote ]
| "Evil is in the eye of the beholder, but there's certainly not
| much to like in the newly-disclosed Apple patent applications
| for Systems and Methods for Provisioning Computing Devices.
| Provisioning, says Apple, allows carriers to 'specify access
| limitations to certain device resources which may otherwise be
| available to users of the device.' So what problem are we
| trying to solve here? 'Mobile devices often have capabilities
| that the carriers do not want utilized on their networks,'
| explains Apple. 'Various applications on these devices may also
| need to be restricted.'"

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