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[News] Software Patents Kill Nice Application

  • Subject: [News] Software Patents Kill Nice Application
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 01 Mar 2010 09:13:19 +0000
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City Caller ID is already patented by another company

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| I don't have the time or money to license 
| this technology and use it from Cequint.


City Caller ID - My First Android App


Guy Who Makes Simple Caller ID App For Android Forced To Shut Down Due To Patent Threat

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| Seriously, can any patent supporter explain 
| with a straight face how patents like this 
| promote progress? What kind of incentive does 
| a patent create in this case? Can you 
| honestly claim that this kind of monopoly was 
| necessary to "invent" a way to match a phone 
| number to a city?


No, You Don't Have To File Patent Lawsuits



The Death of Google's Patents

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| The Patent and Trademark Office has now made clear that its newly developed
| position on patentable subject matter will invalidate many and perhaps most
| software patents, including pioneering patent claims to such innovators as
| Google, Inc.
| [...]
| The logic of the PTOâs positions in Nuijten, Comiskey and Bilski has always
| threatened to destabilize whole fields of patenting, most especially in the
| field of software patents. If the PTOâs test is followed, the crucial
| question for the vitality of patents on computer implemented inventions is
| whether a general purpose computer qualifies as a âparticularâ machine within
| the meaning of the agencyâs test. In two recent decisions announced after the
| oral arguments in the Bilski case, Ex parte Langemyr (May 28, 2008) and Ex
| parte Wasynczuk (June 2, 2008), the PTO Board of Patent Appeals and
| Interferences has now supplied an answer to that question: A general purpose
| computer is not a particular machine, and thus innovative software processes
| are unpatentable if they are tied only to a general purpose computer.

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