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[News] Google Screws Up Innovation with Software Patents

  • Subject: [News] Google Screws Up Innovation with Software Patents
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 02 Feb 2010 11:23:21 +0000
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US Dir. of Citizen Participation Patents the News

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| theodp writes "Ex-Googler and now White 
| House Director of Citizen Participation 
| Katie Stanton is charged with promoting 
| open public dialogues. Last Thursday, 
| Stanton and Google snagged a patent on 
| displaying financial news. Google explains 
| that Stanton's invention â Interactive 
| Financial Charting and Related News 
| Correlation â will 'facilitate and 
| encourage the user's use and understanding 
| of financial information,' which does jibe 
| nicely with Stanton's appointment to 
| Obama's New Media Team. Too bad it'll be 
| encumbered by a Google patent until 2027."


Do Patents Slow Down Innovation?

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| Iâm still obsessed with my mission to 
| âabolish software patentsâ especially after 
| receiving yet another email from a new 
| startup that claims to be a âPatent Insurance 
| Company.â  A number of these have popped up 
| recently in the past few years, including 
| several that are funded by VCs.  Their pitch 
| is that you pay them an annual fee, license 
| any patents you have to them, and they will 
| âprotect youâ against any patent litigation.  
| Whenever I hear this pitch, all I can think 
| about is Al Capone walking the streets of 
| Chicago going door to door offering 
| âprotectionâ to all of the local businessmen 
| if they will pay his vig every week.



Google Files For Local Search And Mapping Patent In India

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| Google has filed for a patent in India, for a map based local search
| application. This appears to essentially be a patent for Google Local on
| Mobile, a service launched in 2005, and subsequently renamed/replaced by
| Google Maps for mobile.

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