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[News] UK Call to "Abolish Software Patents", Why Patents Harm Video Culture Too...

  • Subject: [News] UK Call to "Abolish Software Patents", Why Patents Harm Video Culture Too...
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 06 Jul 2010 20:23:23 +0100
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Abolish Software Patents

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| Software patent law must be simplified if 
| not completely abolished. The concept that a 
| routine or function is somehow "intellectual 
| property" is ridiculous. How many times have 
| you had an idea and found out someone else 
| had the same idea? Patents were designed to 
| prevent stealing of ideas but two 
| independent people creating the same idea 
| are not stealing from each other.


Video Prison: Why Patents Might Threaten Free Online Video

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| On June 20, 2009, nearly 150,000 people 
| witnessed the death of 26-year-old Neda 
| Agha-Soltan, but unlike the Iranians who 
| passed her by in the street, they weren't 
| bystanders to the post-election turmoil in 
| Tehran that claimed her life. They were 
| merely the first of over 600,000 who have 
| since viewed a now-symbolic YouTube video 
| that helped propel the opposition political 
| movement forward in the following days of 
| protest. The democratizing power of the Web 
| lies in video like this one--not just 
| because of its content, but because anyone 
| with an Internet connection can contribute 
| to a global dialogue.
| But imagine if the person who shot this 
| video had been unable to post it anonymously 
| or if YouTube viewers had to pay to watch 
| it. If online videos were subject to patent 
| licensing fees, users could be charged per-
| view to capture those fees. Beyond the 
| ethical dilemma profiteering from a tragic 
| death, video licensing could reduce the 
| democratic nature of free and open Internet 
| content to monetizable media. The funny cat 
| videos would be gone forever (perhaps not 
| the greatest loss), but so too would the 
| movement-inspiring Nedas of the future 
| remain unknown.


Ideas Are a Commodity, It's Execution Intelligence That Matters

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| First of all, ideas are commodities. Look at 
| any industry, any product or service 
| offering, and what you really see is 
| improvement on the existing standard versus 
| uniqueness in the offering. These 
| improvements can be continuous or 
| disruptive, but in either category, to the 
| customer they are nothing more than 
| incremental improvement around the financial 
| return, usability, quality, or experience of 
| your competitor. This explains why 
| management teams are so important; if new 
| offerings are commodities itâs execution by 
| the management team â what I like to call 
| execution intelligence â that makes the 
| difference in the market.


Patent Calls Inc. buys Dallas competitor for $16M



Google Patents Displaying Patents

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| "Google has actually managed to patent
| displaying patents. The USPTO issued US
| Patent No. D603,866 to six Google inventors
| for their 'graphical user interface for
| display screen of a communications
| terminal.' Among the six inventors is the
| guy who introduced Google Patents.
| Ironically, Google Patents can't seem to
| find the new Google patent for Google
| Patents."


Amazon Scores Gift-Delivery Patent

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| In May, the USPTO rejected Amazon.com's
| patent claims (PDF) for its Method and
| System for Placing a Purchase Order Via a
| Communications Network (a 1-Click spin-
| off). At the time, a USPTO Examiner cited
| Bilski, explaining that elements of CEO
| Jeff Bezos' gift-delivery invention 'may be
| performed largely within the human mind,'
| coming to essentially the same conclusion a
| NY Post reporter arrived at in 2002. But
| Amazon's attorneys have worked their legal
| wordsmithing magic (PDF), convincing the
| USPTO that 'obtaining delivery information
| for a gift from one or more information
| sources other than the gift giver and
| recipient' is indeed novel and patentable.
| A Notice of Allowance for the patent was
| mailed to Amazon on November 17th, just in
| time for Holiday Season injunction-giving!"


Patent That: Reporter Invents Way to Reach PTO Director

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| Journalists who cover Washington know the
| drill: top bureaucrats can be very hard to
| get through to, especially when you need to
| reach them the most.
| So when ABA Journal senior writer Terry
| Carter got nowhere in his recent effort to
| reach Patent and Trademark Office director
| David Kappos through spokesman Peter Pappas
| for a story he was writing, he decided on a
| characteristically novel approach: on
| Tuesday he drafted and posted a humorous
| patent application for a "method to get an
| interview with USPTO Director David Kappos."
| Edward Adams, editor and publisher of the
| ABA Journal, wrote in this story at the
| Journal Web site, "We figured the problem
| was that Carter was not speaking the
| agency's language."

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