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[News] Activision Faces Patent Problems, Software Patents Denounced

  • Subject: [News] Activision Faces Patent Problems, Software Patents Denounced
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 24 Feb 2010 16:47:47 +0000
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Patent Markings May Spell Trouble For Activision


A Mark Against Activision?

,----[ Quote ]
| The immense popularity of musical video 
| games such as Guitar Hero, Band Hero and DJ 
| Hero appears to have generated some 
| unwanted attention for Activision 
| Publishing, Inc. ("Activision"). In 
| particular, on February 12, 2010, Patent 
| Compliance Group, Inc. ("PCG") filed a qui 
| tam action against Activision, alleging 
| that Activision has falsely marked many of 
| its video games including Guitar Hero 5, 
| Band Hero, DJ Hero and Guitar Hero Smash 
| Hits (collectively "Activision video game 
| products") as patented or patent pending.


VC Explains How Damaging Software Patents Can Be

,----[ Quote ]
| Despite claims that no VCs would ever 
| invest in companies without patents, we've 
| been seeing more and more VCs moving over 
| to the side of recognizing that patents are 
| more often hindering their portfolio 
| companies rather than helping them -- and 
| these are some of the most respected VCs 
| around these days. Brad Burnham, who has 
| already called for an independent invention 
| defense for patents has responded to Nathan 
| Myhrvold's ongoing campaign to legitimize 
| patent shakedowns. 


Can You Really Patent a BlackBerry Flashlight App?

,----[ Quote ]
| Now I am curious what you all think. Even 
| if it were possible should developers be 
| able to patent a way of performing a 
| function programmatically on your 
| BlackBerry? I personally think that would 
| be ridiculous and I know for a fact that it 
| is VERY difficult to get a software patent. 
| From what I understand at most developers 
| can get copyright for the written code but 
| that is only relevant if another person 
| copies the actual code which is hard to 
| proveâ



A Unified European Patent System - The Historical Perspective

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| The idea of creating a single patent court
| for Europe in order to improve legal
| certainty as well as to reduce costs is
| inextricably intertwined with the idea of
| creating a unitary trans-national patent
| which has the same legal effect all over
| Europe and which goes well beyond the
| European bundle patent of our days. Without
| such new substantive patent law, any attempt
| to bundle the procedural aspects of
| litigation and nullity matters will surely
| be futile. When assessing the chances for a
| unification of patent courts in Europe we
| will have to look at the history and
| prospects of both ideas. If there is no
| unitary substantial patent law in Europe
| there will also be no European patent court.

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