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Software Patents

11.25.2010
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Here's an interesting news item: "Red Hat’s Secret Patent Deal and the Fate of JBoss Developers".

Here's an ancient -- but still relevant -- piece from Tim O'Reilly: "Software and Business Method Patents".


Here's a great article in Slate on the consequences of software patents. "Weapons of Business Destruction: How a tiny little 'patent troll' got BlackBerry in a headlock".

The biggest issue with software patents is always the "non-obvious" issue. Generally, this can be debated, so a prior art review is far more valuable.

See "Peer Review Starts for Software Patent Applications: IEEE Spectrum talks to the founder to Peer-to-Patent Beth Noveck". This is where the rubber hits the road.

To participate, see Peer To Patent. Locate prior art and make patent trolls get real jobs.

Also, see this: "A patent improvement: Intellectual property: A new scheme will solicit comments via the internet to improve the vetting of patent applications".
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Mike P(Okidoky) replied on Fri, 2010/11/26 - 2:39pm

Here is a rational logical write up on software patents and the (lack of) freedom of speech:

http://www.philsalin.com/patents.html

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