Telling the Truth About Software Patents and Innovation

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| Would abolishing software patents, then, lessen innovation among large
| companies? Again, no. IBM, Microsoft and Oracle were founded before software
| could be patented. They couldn't afford to quit innovating simply because
| patent protection became unavailable.

Speaking of bullies:

Tech Companies Paid Lobbyist $300,000

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| Over 60 companies and trade associations, including Microsoft Corp. and Apple
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| Inc., have formed the Coalition for Patent Fairness, which paid Elmendorf
| Strategies to lobby Congress in support of patent reform legislation,
| according to the form posted online Aug. 14 by the Senate's public records
| office.
| The companies say the reform proposals will reduce frivolous patent
| litigation and lead to higher-quality patents. Biotech and pharmaceutical
| firms, meanwhile, charge that the bills currently before Congress will weaken
| patent protection.


Playing Microsoft Patent Poker

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| This time though, while Ballmer slinks away to try to con … convince people
| that Microsoft Unified Communications somehow offers people more than what
| Cisco's VOIP (voice over IP) been offering customers for years, a patent
| attack finally launches at Linux. Specifically, IP Innovation, a subsidiary
| of Acacia Technologies Group, has filed a patent infringement claim against
| Linux distributors Novell and Red Hat. * *
| So was it just timing, or was it something more? Let's take a look at the
| players. *

Is Acacia link with Microsoft just smoke?

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| Is all this smoke just coincidence? It may well be. But the smoke gets
| thicker by the day. *

Prior Art - What's a Claim Limitation?

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| It's a 2005 case, so a lot has happened in the meantime. Oh, and if you are
| looking for prior art, the patent to look at first would be the oldest one of
| the ones IP Innovation has claimed in the Red Hat litigation. That is the one
| that I think needs to be knocked out either by prior art or by obviousness.

Patent Sanity

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| For years, many in the software industry have expressed concern over software
| and business method patents and the patent system.