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Links 1 through 10 of 225 by Simon Phipps tagged patents

If we needed any further proof that the patent system has undergone thorough and irreversible "regulatory capture", surely this has to be it? Isn't the last remaining political justification for them that they "promote innovation"?

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The incremental adjustment of software patent law in the USA continues. As the global corporate conflict intensifies, we'll see more and more of these cases reaching the courts.

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Stallman is right to call the alarm on unitary patents. We need to resume the defence of the barricades against the pro-patent lobby. It's worth noting, however, that the reason the pro-patent lobby pulled the plug last time (as Stallman says) was not because of the street protests themselves but becuase of the targeted lobbying they permitted. Now would be a great time to consider a donation to the Open Rights Group or FSFE to make sure there will be people in a position to do that direct engagement with legislators this time round; the people who did it last time are no longer available.

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"We need to face the facts, patent law is killing job creation. If the current administration wants to improve job creation, change patent law and watch jobs among small technology companies develop instantly" -- Mark Cuban

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"A patent application published by the USPTO last Thursday reveals that Microsoft has been researching, since before December 2009, how to redirect VoIP calls to intercept devices and law enforcement agents. The method disclosed by the patent application is devious—subverting routing protocols so that packets sent by any person tagged by a monitoring request will be routed through a recording agent." -- Guessing this is not just a speculative filing. It covers all uses of VoIP including in-game and via-IM.

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One day one of these cases will have an outcome so outrageous that legislators will be forced to hold up a hand to the corporate hawks and ask them why they want even more regulation. It would have to be a case where a market was ruined and a major corporation bankrupted in a highly visible and global way, of course.

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So Microsoft doesn't have a patent on XML in document processing in New Zealand. Excellent result for the New Zealand Open Source Society here - congratulations to everyone who has been involved over the long haul involved in the case.

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This is bad news, but given the shift to the right that's happened in SCOTUS not terribly surprising. Let's hope that Congress sees the case and realises that the law needs updating, as appears to have happened in the UK given the request for and then result of the Hargreaves report.

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One of the things I keep hearing some advisors saying is that VCs won't invest in your startup (or at least are much less likely to) if you don't have any patents, becuase patents protect your innovation. In turn, this meme is used by patent capitalists (like disaster capitalists only more active) to justify their assertion that patents promote innovation. Well, here's one of the most respected VCs I know saying that's just not so.

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Some good points from Stefano, although personally I'm still fighting.

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