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Microsoft settles patent lawsuit over .Net

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| Microsoft has reached a settlement in a patent-infringement lawsuit filed
| last year by Vertical Computer Systems, according to a filing by the mediator
| in the case: PDF, 1 page. The Fort Worth, Texas, company's complaint alleged
| that Microsoft's .Net development system violated a patent issued to Vertical
| in November 2004.
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http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/m...asp?source=rss

Let them have 'fun'. That's what they asked for and they ruin the whole country
(economy) with their software patent lust, which drives development overseas.

Freak Patent Troll

http://youtube.com/watch?v=_pKT8ao6x6o


Recent:

EPO Wins Patent for Jesuitical Casuistry

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| As the EPO says, software does not distinguish "between technical and
| non-technical processes". The reason it doesn't distinguish is because it is
| a completely factitious distinction: it doesn't exist. Software is just a
| bunch of algorithms working on data, outputting data; it doesn't
| solve "technical" problems, it solve mathematical ones. Software is
| mathematics.
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http://opendotdotdot.blogspot.com/20...esuitical.html


Intellectual Property Regime Stifles Science and Innovation, Nobel Laureates
Say

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| Patent monopolies are believed to drive innovation but they actually impede
| the pace of science and innovation, Stiglitz said. The current “patent
| thicket,” in which anyone who writes a successful software programme is sued
| for alleged patent infringement, highlights the current IP system’s failure
| to encourage innovation, he said.
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| Another problem is that the social returns from innovation do not accord with
| the private returns associated with the patent system, Stiglitz said. The
| marginal benefit from innovation is that an idea may become available sooner
| than it might have. But the person who secures the patent on it wins a
| long-term monopoly, creating a gap between private and social returns.
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http://www.ip-watch.org/weblog/index.php?p=1129
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