League for Programming Freedom
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The League for Programming Freedom is an organization that opposes
software patents and user interface copyrights.
Patentability Of Business Model And Software Patents
Comes Under Court Scrutiny
"[the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit] has
agreed to a full court hearing to examine the scope of what
can be patented. [...] Going back on the earlier State Street
ruling could effectively knock out many business model patents
and software patents"
Software patent case defendant seeks support
of FOSS community
"Barracuda Networks is actively seeking the support of the
free and open source software (FOSS) community in its battle
against a patent suit brought against it by Trend Micro. The
suit revolves around Barracuda's distribution of Clam Antivirus
(ClamAV), the well-known FOSS security software, with its
firewall and Web filter hardware appliances."
FTC & Negotiated Data Solutions
"The Federal Trade Commission on January 23, 2008 announced
a complaint and settlement with Negotiated Data Solutions LLC
(N-Data), which allegedly violated federal law by engaging
in unfair methods of competition and unfair acts or practices
regarding its enforcement of certain patents against makers of
equipment employing Ethernet, a computer networking standard
used in nearly every computer sold in the U.S. The FTC contended
that N-data refused to meet a commitment made by a former owner
of the patent to license the patent covering the 'Ethernet'
Standard Used in Virtually All Personal Computers in U.S."
Amazon One-Click Patent Rejected by US Patent Office
"In a recent office action, the USPTO has rejected the claims
of the Amazon.com one-click patent following the re-examination
request that I filed on 16 February 2006. My review resulted
in the broadest claims of the patent being ruled invalid."
Court Puts Further Limits on Software Patents
(Slashdot / The Wall Street Journal):
"The court found that 'The routine addition of modern
electronics to an otherwise unpatentable invention' isn't
enough to get over the 'non-obvious' hurdle that every patent is
supposed to clear. This is a huge step in the right direction
and one of the first admissions from the court system that
perhaps software and business model patents have gone too far."
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Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure
is an active European site that opposes software patents.
Clause 8 of Section 8 of Article 1 of the
Unites States Constitution:
[The Congress shall have Power]
To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts,
by securing for
limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their
respective Writings and Discoveries;
Against Software Patents
The League for Programming Freedom
February 28, 1991
Software patents threaten to devastate America's computer industry.
Patents granted in the past decade are now being used to attack companies
such as the Lotus Development Corporation for selling programs
that they have independently developed. Soon new companies will often
be barred from the software arena--most major programs will require
licenses for dozens of patents, and this will make them infeasible.
This problem has only one solution: software patents must be eliminated.
Table of Contents:
- The Patent System and Computer Programs
- Absurd Patents
- What Is "Obvious"?
- Patenting What Is Too Obvious to Publish
- Why Software Is Different
- The Danger of a Lawsuit
- Patent Searches Are Prohibitively Expensive
- Patent Searches Are Unreliable
- Obscure Patents
- Patent Licensing Has Problems, Too
- The Fundamental Question
- In Software, Independent Reinvention Is Commonplace
- Overemphasis of Inventions
- Impeding Innovation
- Could Patents Ever Be Beneficial?
- Software Patents Are Legally Questionable
- One Way to Eliminate Software Patents
- What You Can Do
- Fighting Patents One by One
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