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[News] 'Bilski Judge' Stevens Leaves and Things Already Look Worse

  • Subject: [News] 'Bilski Judge' Stevens Leaves and Things Already Look Worse
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 11 Apr 2010 22:27:35 +0100
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John Paul Stevens, Defender of High-Tech Freedom

,----[ Quote ]
| Patents: The explosion of software patents 
| is one of the biggest threats to innovation 
| in the software industry, and Justice 
| Stevens saw this threat coming almost three 
| decades ago. Stevens wrote the majority 
| decision in the 1978 case of Parker v. 
| Flook, which clearly disallowed patents in 
| the software industry. Three years later, 
| Stevens dissented in the 1981 case of 
| Diamond v. Diehr, which allowed a patent on 
| a software-controlled rubber-curing 
| machine. Although the majority decision 
| didnât explicitly permit patents on 
| software, Stevens warned that the 
| majorityâs muddled decision would 
| effectively open the door to software 
| patents. And he has been proven right. In 
| the three decades that followed, the 
| patent-friendly U.S. Court of Appeals for 
| the Federal Circuit has effectively 
| dismantled limits on software patents. And 
| the result has been a disaster, with high-
| tech firms being forced to spend large sums 
| on litigation rather than innovation.


Pfizer, Novartis & Eli Lilly Received A Bunch Of Illegal Pharma Patents In India

,----[ Quote ]
| However, Jamie Love points us to the news 
| of a new report that found that the Indian 
| patent office has gone against this law and 
| issued such patents quite frequently and, 
| no surprise, the main recipients are among 
| the world's largest pharma companies, 
| including Pfizer, Novartis and Eli Lilly. 
| Is it any wonder that they've all been 
| pushing to dump sections 3(d) and (e) all 
| along? Remember, pharma patents are not 
| about drug discovery, but about jacking up 
| the prices on drugs.


Algebraix: A new approach to querying huge databases

,----[ Quote ]
| I met with Charles Silver, the CEO of 
| Algebraix Data, a startup based in San 
| Diego. He was telling me about his 
| companyâs approach to querying large 
| databases, very quickly, and with no need 
| for prior indexing, or construction of data 
| models.
| It all sounded too good to be true, I told 
| him.
| If Algebraix can do what it says it can, it 
| is a very hot startup.
| Here are some notes from our conversation:
| [...]
| - We have four patents on the technology. 
| Getting software patents is not as easy as 
| it once used to be.


Harrison Endorses Software Exclusion from Patent Reforms, Opposes NZOSSâs Move

,----[ Quote ]
| New Zealand Open Source Society is seeking 
| powerful interests for pressurizing the 
| government to turn around its plans of 
| excluding software from patent protection 
| reforms in the country.
| Posting his views on NZOSS website, 
| yesterday, Vice President Peter Harrison 
| appreciated the Commerce Select Committee's 
| advice of exclusion of software from patent 
| protection, thereby countering the views of 
| the critics.


Ballnux (Microsoft tax):

HTC and LG prep new Snapdragon-based Android phones



What's Bilski got to do with open source?

,----[ Quote ]
| Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier speaks with Aaron
| Williamson, counsel at the Software Freedom
| Law Center (SFLC).

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