Absolutely Nothing

Anything to avoid a trial it.

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Patent Troll Lodsys Settles for Nothing to Avoid Trial
Today we learned just how determined the patent troll Lodsys is to avoid a ruling on the merits of its claims. When software security company Kaspersky Lab refused to surrender, Lodsys settled for nothing (yes, you read that right—absolutely nothing) rather than take its claims to trial.

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Abolished

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New Zealand just abolished software patents. Here’s why we should, too. – The Washington Post
What’s wrong with the patent system? Most people cite problems with patent trolls or low patent quality. But a recent study by the Government Accountability Office makes it clear that the real problem is more specific: Patents on software don’t work. Of course, the GAO doesn’t quite come out and …

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Wide Ranging Patent Implications

This case is now before the SCOTUS. I've posted about it before, and think this article brings a bit more to the conversation.

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Farmer’s case might impact Silicon Valley
Monsanto, a case now before the Supreme Court, could be crucial to the way software companies fight for their patents. The impact of the judges’ decision is one that will surely extend beyond far…

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Patent Farm

This is a very important case, that has implications in biotechnology, the business of monopolies, bio-diversity, genetics, the right of resale, and more.  I'm rooting for the farmer.

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75-year-old soybean farmer sees Monsanto lawsuit reach U.S. Supreme Court | The Raw Story
Who controls the rights to the seeds planted in the ground? A 75-year-old farmer takes the agricultural giant to court to find out. As David versus Goliath battles go it is hard to imagine a more unev…

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Trolling For Dollars

Looks like an interesting workshop. Patent Assertion Entities aren't doing society at large any good.

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FTC, DOJ Focus Attention on Patent Assertion Entities |
FTC, DOJ Focus Attention on Patent Assertion Entities Today, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and Department of Justice (“DOJ”) are holding a joint workshop to investigate the impact of Patent…

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Patent Bargain

The Supreme Court of Canada decides that Pfizer cannot 'game the system' and try to get out of the 'bargain' in which it discloses the invention.

The patent system is based on a "bargain", or quid pro quo: the inventor is granted exclusive rights in a new and useful invention for a limited period in exchange for disclosure of the invention so that society can benefit from this knowledge. This is the basic policy rationale underlying the Act. The patent bargain encourages innovation and advances science and technology.

I guess the world needs to be prepared to see generic Viagra coming out of Canada now, and the associated spam.

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Michael Geist – Supreme Court Voids Viagra Patent as Insufficient Disclosure Means It Fails the “Patent Bargain”
Dr. Michael Geist is the Canada Research Chair of Internet and E-commerce Law at the University of Ottawa., supreme court viagra

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Limited Effect

We should legislate that developing, distributing, or running a program on generally used computing hardware does not constitute patent infringement.

Some interesting ideas here on patents from Richard Stallman.

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Let’s Limit the Effect of Software Patents, Since We Can’t Eliminate Them | Wired Opinion | Wired.com
Patents threaten every software developer, and the patent wars we have long feared have broken out. Software developers and software users – which in our society, is most people – need software to be …

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