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[News] USPTO Grants More Monopolies; Patents/Monopoly Injected into Haiti by Monsanto

  • Subject: [News] USPTO Grants More Monopolies; Patents/Monopoly Injected into Haiti by Monsanto
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 22 May 2010 08:51:06 +0100
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USPTO: give one up, get one fast 

,----[ Quote ]
| The USPTO offers an interesting deal to 
| applicants with more than one 
| application: give one application up in 
| exchange for expedited examination of 
| another application. This program has 
| been available for a while, but the USPTO 
| announced on 17 May that it will now be 
| open to all applicants:
|     Under the expanded Project Exchange, 
|     which will take effect with the 
|     publication of the Federal Register 
|     notice in the coming weeks, any 
|     applicant with more than one 
|     application, filed prior to the 
|     inception of the program, currently 
|     pending at the USPTO can receive 
|     expedited review of one application 
|     in exchange for withdrawing an 
|     unexamined application. The expanded 
|     Project Exchange will give all 
|     applicants with multiple filings 
|     greater control over the priority in 
|     which their applications are examined 
|     and enable priority applications to 
|     be examined on an expedited basis. By 
|     providing incentives for applicants 
|     to withdraw unexamined applications 
|     that may no longer be important to 
|     them, Project Exchange is expected to 
|     appreciably reduce the backlog of 
|     unexamined patent applications 
|     pending before the USPTO.
|     The expanded Project Exchange will be 
|     limited to 15 applications per entity 
|     through December 31, 2010.


Patents and Free and Open Source Software 


Patents and Free and Open Source Software


Patents (and Amarok)

,----[ Quote ]
| Ade makes some interesting points about 
| the GPL, particularly the opportunity to 
| exclude certain jurisdictions where the 
| use of the software would infringe a 
| patent. He also raises the question of 
| whether distribution of source code â as 
| opposed to binaries â can be counted as 
| infringement and reflects on the trend to 
| explicitly claim for a medium containing 
| code that would cause the invention to be 
| ârealisedâ on a computer.


Haitian Farmers Commit to Burning Monsanto Hybrid Seeds 

,----[ Quote ]
| "A new earthquake" is what peasant farmer 
| leader Chavannes Jean-Baptiste of the 
| Peasant Movement of Papay (MPP) called 
| the news that Monsanto will be donating 
| 60,000 seed sacks (475 tons) of hybrid 
| corn seeds and vegetable seeds, some of 
| them treated with highly toxic 
| pesticides. The MPP has committed to 
| burning Monsanto's seeds, and has called 
| for a march to protest the corporation's 
| presence in Haiti on June 4, for World 
| Environment Day.



Monsanto targets public radio to spread false biotech messages

,----[ Quote ]
| For years my alarm has been set to pubic
| radio so I can lie in bed for five minutes
| and have a grasp on the day's news before I
| even get up. I, like many other Americans,
| rely on NPR and other public-radio shows for
| news that is what I deem to be as unbiased
| and fair as possible. But this morning my
| ears burned as I listened to an on the
| American Public Media show Marketplace
| sponsored by Monsanto, the world's largest
| corporate agribusiness chemical firm, touting
| how its genetically modified (GM) seeds are
| going to save the world from environmental
| catastrophe and human hunger. It left me
| wondering, particularly in tough economic
| times, how do media ethics hold up? (The GMO
| seed giant has been bombarding liberal-minded
| publications with similar propaganda, see
| image to the right, for months.)

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