Fighting Back With Criminal Law Charges Against Patent Trolls

As this article at Forbes explains, the business model of patent trolls in the United States is threatening lawsuits and then settling them before they actually go to court. That’s because under the failed model of American civil procedure laws, the company approached by such a patent troll faces the choice to either pay offContinue reading “Fighting Back With Criminal Law Charges Against Patent Trolls”

EFF on German Parliament Software Patent Motion

The EFF has published a blog post on the recent motion adopted by the German Parliament on software patents. Unfortunately, the tweet announcing this post has a slightly misleading headline: The German Parliament recently eliminated software patents, urges all of Europe to follow. That would be nice if it was true. It is not. AsContinue reading “EFF on German Parliament Software Patent Motion”

Virtual Autograph Using Bitcoin

I started this blog in January 2003. One of my first posts ever, published on 7 January 2003, had this to say under the title “Virtual Autograph”: Anyone can buy PGP 8.0 Personal Edition from Phil Zimmermann, the original author. I don’t know if there is a market for the idea, but instead of selling exactlyContinue reading “Virtual Autograph Using Bitcoin”

German Bundestag Against Software Patents

As the FFII reported last month, a large majority of the parties in the German Bundestag (Parliament) want to do something about the stinking software patents. That includes the ruling CDU, CSU, and FDP, but also the opposition SPD and Green parties are on board for a draft resolution asking the government to introduce the necessaryContinue reading “German Bundestag Against Software Patents”

Legal Inventions: Feed-in Tariff and General Public License

I recall having started this blog about ten years ago. Until the Fukushima accident, my main interest here was copyright. I have not lost that interest. As soon as that little global warming problem is under control in a couple of years I am looking ahead to spend more time discussing intellectual property again. OneContinue reading “Legal Inventions: Feed-in Tariff and General Public License”

Amazon 1-Click Patent *Still* Not Dead in Europe

As the Foundation for a Free Internet Infrastructure (FFII) explains in this new press release, Amazon’s 1-click patent is still alive in Europe. The FFII has won a revocation of this particular obnoxious patent, but they are afraid that Amazon, to its ever lasting shame, will want to appeal that decision. No one should claimContinue reading “Amazon 1-Click Patent *Still* Not Dead in Europe”

Microsoft fleeing Germany?

Andre Rebentisch just pointed in a tweet to this Welt article on Microsoft’s problems with software patents in Germany. Microsoft has lost at the District Court level to Motorola, which is trying to enforce a patent relating to the H264 video compression standard. That in turn has Microsoft thinking about relocating their existing German salesContinue reading “Microsoft fleeing Germany?”

The world might be much better off without a patent system

Now some jurors in Texas are asked to give ownership of the Internet to someone asserting patents against all leading IT companies. I don’t think the claim has any merit, but under the broken American system of civil procedure, the defendants face the alternative of either paying off the plaintiffs, or paying their own lawyersContinue reading “The world might be much better off without a patent system”

Patenting the Web

Cory Doctorow at BoingBoing reports that the Director of WIPO Francis Curry made the case for patenting the web. He posts this transcript: Intellectual property is a very flexible instrument. So, for example, had the world wide web been able to be patented, and I think that is a question in itself, perhaps the amountContinue reading “Patenting the Web”