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Ruling to Block “Business Method” Patents May Spur Innovation, Say
Entrepreneurs and Investors

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| It’s what everyone has been talking about lately. No, not the election—
| software patent reform. (Bear with me, non-IP folks.) Last Thursday, the U.S.
| Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit rejected a patent application from a
| company called WeatherWise for a method of managing the risk involved with
| energy costs. The court ruled that in order to be patentable, a process must
| be tied to a “machine or apparatus, or transform a particular article into a
| different state or thing.” That means abstract processes known as “business
| methods” can no longer be patented. A classic example of a patented software
| business method is Amazon’s one-click process for online purchases.
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| So how will this ruling impact software innovation, particularly for startups
| and investors? The news has caused quite a stir in the Seattle tech community
| (and elsewhere), with some entrepreneurs worrying about their ability to
| protect their fledgling intellectual property. Meanwhile, some venture
| capitalists view the ruling in a positive light, as protection
| against “patent trolls” that acquire business method patents and then sue
| software startups for infringement. As Fred Wilson of New York-based Union
| Square Ventures puts it in a blog post, “It’s a huge tax on the
| startup/technology ecosystem and it’s hurting innovation.”
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http://www.xconomy.com/seattle/2008/...and-investors/

Apple outlines shift in strategy, rise in R&D spending, more

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| It also makes the new observation that, "The Company believes the duration of
| the applicable patents that it has been granted is adequate relative to the
| expected lives of its products. Due to the fast pace of innovation and
| product development, the Company’s products are often obsolete before the
| patents related to them expire, and sometimes are obsolete before the patents
| related to them are even granted."
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http://www.appleinsider.com/articles...ding_more.html


Recent:

Steve Jobs Patents "The Dock"

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| If you're a PC, you may be unfamiliar with The Dock, the bar of icons that
| sits at the bottom or side of a Mac and provides easy access to Apple
| applications. But don't count on it becoming a standard on the PC. On
| Tuesday, the USPTO awarded Apple — and inventor Steve Jobs — a patent for
| their User Interface for Providing Consolidation and Access, aka 'The Dock,'
| after a rather lengthy nine-year wait.
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http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?s...24224&from=rss


Software Freedom Day (Party!)

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| The problem is patents. LLVM’s license allows more room for Apple to use
| software patents than the GCC’s licenses do. And Apple now has the
| opportunity to maneuver themselves into a place where through those patents
| they can dominate the software that can be run on their machines. Those
| bastards!
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http://digifesto.wordpress.com/2008/...dom-day-party/


Apple files for patent on multiple input technique

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| As the patent application explains, computer systems generally have various
| means of input, but usually these are all independent of each other and not
| combined.
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http://www.heise.de/english/newsticker/news/115708


Apple files notification screen patent, is this really that unique?

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| It is a bit strange that a patent would be needed for something like this
| that even basic feature phones already use in some manner.
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http://blogs.zdnet.com/cell-phones/?p=122


Apple files UI elements patent relating to hierarchical menus, more

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| On January 31, the US Patent & Trademark Office published eleven of Apple’s
| patent applications in total. This particular report centers on Apple’s
| patent application titled *User interface elements for hierarchical selection
| of items *while listing several continuation patents. Apple’s current patent
| generally relates to user interface elements.
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http://www.macnn.com/blogs/?p=488
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