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[News] Microsoft's Racketeering Brought up Again; Google, Facebook Receive Proof That USPTO Fails

  • Subject: [News] Microsoft's Racketeering Brought up Again; Google, Facebook Receive Proof That USPTO Fails
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 14 Mar 2010 16:53:53 +0000
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Microsoft's Amazon deal was all about Linux

,----[ Quote ]
| However, buried in the small print of the press 
| release about the deal was a set of 
| technologies covered by the agreement including 
| the Kindle, which employs open source software, 
| and Amazonâs use of Linux-based servers.
| What this could mean is that Microsoft is 
| popping around to some of the bigger Linux 
| based technology outfits and saying: âLook you 
| have some stuff we want to use, give us the 
| rights to use it and we will not make you the 
| first person we sue over Linuxâ.
| [...]
| What surprises us is that the Open Source 
| community has not kicked up more of a stink 
| about it.
| Jim Zemlin, of the Linux Foundation, wrote 
| of the deal that most technology companies 
| have invested heavily in patents and that a 
| cross-licensing agreement is a non-news 
| event. The fact that two entities with 
| expensive stockpiles of outdated weapons 
| felt the need to negotiate dÃtente is not 
| surprising.


Google, Facebook Sued Over Phone Social-Networking


Google, Facebook Sued Because Without Some Random Patent No One Would Ever Access A Social Network From A Mobile Phone



Amazon 1-Click Patent Survives Almost Unscathed

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| Zordak writes "Amazon's infamous '1-click'
| patent has been in reexamination at the
| USPTO for almost four years. Patently-O now
| reports that 'the USPTO confirmed the
| patentability of original claims 6-10 and
| amended claims 1-5 and 11-26. The approved-
| of amendment adds the seeming trivial
| limitation that the one-click system
| operates as part of a 'shopping cart model.'
| Thus, to infringe the new version of the
| patent, an eCommerce retailer must use a
| shopping cart model (presumably non-1-click)
| alongside of the 1-click version. Because
| most retail eCommerce sites still use the
| shopping cart model, the added limitation
| appears to have no practical impact on the
| patent scope.'"


Amazon One-Click Patent Slides Through Reexamination


Amazon.com's 1-Click patent confirmed following re-exam


US Patent Office Decides That One Click Really Is Patentable


One Click Patent Reexamination over - with claims amended and other Amazon applications rejected in light of my prior art


Patent attack hits Apple, RIM, AT&T, Moto...

,----[ Quote ]
| Apple, Research in Motion, and a gaggle of
| other deep-pocket firms have been slapped
| with a wide-ranging patent infringment suit
| by an obscure Texas firm.
| The suit alleges that Apple and RIM - plus
| AT&T, Insight Enterprises, LG Electronics,
| Motorola, Pantech Wireless, Samsung and
| Sanyo - are in violation of one or more of
| seven mobile phoneârelated patents. The
| allegedly infringed-upon patents include
| ones for Bluetooth connectivity, syncing,
| background processing and other mobile
| matters.


How Hard Is It To Realize That One-Click Buying Doesn't Deserve A Patent?

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| Amazon and Jeff Bezos (who a decade ago was
| a founder of a project to bust bogus
| patents) have aggressively fought to keep
| the patent alive. And so we've now entered
| the fifth year of the review process, which
| seems to involve some rather annoyed USPTO
| patent examiners, who are fed up with what
| appears to be Amazon simply dumping
| busywork on the examiners to avoid a final
| rejection of the patent.

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