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[News] Bilski Results Possibly Out Tomorrow, Patent Used Against Microsoft Stands

  • Subject: [News] Bilski Results Possibly Out Tomorrow, Patent Used Against Microsoft Stands
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2010 18:17:27 +0100
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Bilski v. Kappos

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| UPDATE: No decision today. The court will 
| release opinions on Thursday (June 24) and 
| again next Monday. 


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Bilski Decision Watch

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| They are probably right to be. A delay
| this long in the decision most likely
| means that the Court is waiting until the
| end of the term to release it - which they
| traditionally do for what the Justices
| consider to be their most important and/or
| far reaching decisions of the year.
| It may also be the case that there are
| either important dissents or concurring
| opinions on the case, thus prompting a
| delay with back and forth rewrites and
| revisions to the final decisions. (Though
| one should recall that at oral arguments,
| the Justices seemed universally critical
| to the idea of broad-based business method
| patents.)


And I thought patents encouraged innovation


Mailing Out Patent Absurdity

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| On the eve of re: Bilski, the anxiously
| awaited Supreme Court decision on business
| method patents (with potential
| implications for software patents), I
| decided to collaborate with the End
| Software Patents coalition and send out
| 200 copies of the short movie they
| recently produced called Patent Absurdity
| about why software should not be able to
| be patented to a focused list of key
| people.  The letter follows.


Mailing Out Patent Absurdity


Patent Absurdity mailed to 200 policy setters

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| Venture capitalist Brad Feld has mailed a
| copy of Patent Absurdity to 200 policy
| setters in the USA (see Who should see
| Patent Absurdity?). The 200 are
| influential people in companies, standards
| groups, academia, and the relevent
| political committees.


Venture Capitalists Lobby Against Software Patents

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| ciaran_o_riordan writes "No matter which
| side the US Supreme Court's Bilski
| decision pleases, it will be just the
| beginning of the software patent debate in
| the USA â the other side will start a
| legislative battle. The lobbying has
| already begun, with venture capitalist
| Brad Feld arguing against software
| patents, mailing a copy of Patent
| Absurdity to 200 patent policy setters. As
| Feld puts it, 'Specifically, I'm hoping
| the film will bring you to an
| understanding of why patents on software
| are a massive tax on and retardant of
| innovation in the US.' The patent lawyers
| and big patent holders often tell us that
| patents are needed to secure investment,
| so it's interesting to see now that
| venture capitalists are refuting that. And
| Brad Feld isn't the only vocal one;
| there's a growing list."


Bilski leaves us waiting


Bilski Sets the Patent Pondering Record


More concern over synthetic biology patents

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| The piece, which was originally published in
| the Financial Times, follows earlier
| criticism from Nobel laureate John Sulston,
| PhD, that such patents could be "extremely
| damaging."


No Bilski Blockbuster from Supreme Court Today

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| The Supreme Court handed down two
| relatively low-profile decisions this
| morning, leaving to another day some of the
| most-awaited cases of the term like Bilski
| v. Kappos, the business-methods patent-
| eligibility case that was argued last Nov.
| 9. The Court won't be in session again
| until May 17.


No Bilski Opinion from the US Supreme Court Today. June 21 Next Possible Day

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| No opinion on In Re Bilski will issue today.
| The next possibility is June 21.
| Opinions today were in Dillon v. United
| States, Schwab v. Reilly, Ontario v. Quon,
| Stop the Beach Renourishment, Inc. v.
| Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection
| and New Process Steel, L. P. v. NLRB. All
| are available at the link as PDFs, and there
| are some highlights by Tony Mauro on
| Law.com.
| According to SCOTUSblog, Schwab was the last
| undecided case, except for Bilski, argued
| during the last November session.
| I don't know about you, but the suspense is
| killing me.


â Freedom and Secrets

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| Not only is the patent system broken (it has
| forgotten to protect the public good in
| return for granting a temporary monopoly),
| but it turns out that thousands of the
| things are kept secret.
| Shaped for an analog age where businesses
| were control points in a disconnected
| society, patents have become sinkholes for
| money an innovation in the connected digital
| age, allowing unjust monopolisation and
| chilling of network effects.
| We are /so/ overdue reform of the patent
| system, in the UK, the US and pretty much
| everywhere else.

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