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[News] Junk Patent Slaughterhouse Ahead, Despite Bush's Opposition

  • Subject: [News] Junk Patent Slaughterhouse Ahead, Despite Bush's Opposition
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 08 Sep 2007 13:35:44 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
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White House opposes tech-backed patent bill

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| The Bush administration argues that such an approach "would introduce new 
| complications and risks reducing incentives to innovate."  



House OKs revamp of patent system

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| A ban on "tax planning" patents: Since a 1998 court ruling that allowed 
| patents on business methods, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has awarded 
| some 50 such patents that relate to tax strategies, including how to minimize 
| or defer one's tax liability. A narrow provision in this bill attempts to 
| prohibit such inventions from gaining protection.    


Good step in the right direction.

Press release:


Nokia braces for Trade Commission patent probe

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| "For the proper functioning of the standardisation process and continued 
| industry innovation, Nokia believes companies should refrain from seeking 
| injunctions for standards essential patents," said a Nokia statement, 
| according to Reuters.   




House May Vote on Patent Reform Friday

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| "We've spent three Congresses on this," said Steve Elmendorf, a lobbyist for 
| the Coalition for Patent Fairness, a group of technology companies, such as 
| Microsoft, Apple Inc. and Cisco Systems Inc., that favor the legislation.  


Getting Back to Patent Application Bug Spraying...

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| For sure I don't want any patents getting approved that might be used against 
| FOSS someday because I wasn't paying attention. My worry is that because we 
| have been busy elsewhere, the Microsoft patent submission might slide by, get 
| approved by default despite there being prior art we neglected to mention, 
| and then the FUD machine can start up about how it's now a super strong 
| patent that made it through a FOSS community examination.     


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