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AI software should be able to register its own patents, law prof argues

The legal system may need to be changed to allow artificially intelligent computing systems to file their own patents, rather than their operators stealing all the glory. In a paper [PDF] titled I Think, Therefore I Invent: Creative Computers and the Future of Patent Law and published in the Boston College Law Review, Ryan …
Iain Thomson, 17 Oct 2016

Google's legal boss is fed up with patent warfare

Legal tangles over patents are stifling innovation and will lead to stagnation in the tech industry, said Google's chief patent lawyer in a newspaper interview in the San Francisco Chronicle. "The concern is that the more people get distracted with litigation, the less they'll be inventing," said Tim Porter, Google's patent …
Anna Leach, 7 Nov 2011
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High Court: Computer simulations can get patent protection

The High Court said that the UK's Intellectual Property Office (IPO) had wrongly applied UK patent law when assessing four patent applications for computer simulations of designs made by oilfield company Halliburton Energy. The IPO had previously ruled that the company's computer simulations were mental acts which cannot be …
OUT-LAW.COM, 12 Oct 2011
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Nice try, Amazon: 'One-click' payment too obvious to patent

A payment system devised by online retail giant Amazon is too obvious to patent, the European Patent Office (EPO) has ruled. Amazon had hoped to patent the way its customers pay for products through the click of a single webpage button. The company was previously granted patent rights to the payment system in the US. An …
OUT-LAW.COM, 7 Jul 2011
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EPO to give definitive ruling on software patents

The European Patent Office (EPO) has asked its ultimate legal authority to look at the European Patent Convention (EPC) and issue advice on the patentability of software. The EPO said that such advice was necessary to ensure the uniform application of the EPC. EPO President Alison Brimelow has referred the contentious issue to …
OUT-LAW.COM, 29 Oct 2008
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EPO staff strike over patent quality

The European Patent Office (EPO) was hit last week by a strike by staff who were demanding not better pay and conditions but the freedom to help create better quality patents. Around 250 staff took part in the strike and a march through Brussels demanding better governance of the EPO, according to the EPO staff union, SUEPO. A …
OUT-LAW.COM, 25 Sep 2008
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UK and US team-tag to speed patent prosecution process

The US and UK patent offices have agreed to share and recognise each other's patent examination reports under a new deal. The offices hope the deal could save significant application time for would-be patent holders. The 12-month pilot deal creates what the offices are calling a Patent Prosecution Highway. It means that someone …
OUT-LAW.COM, 6 Sep 2007
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eBay 'Buy It Now' button survives latest attack

Rest easy, eBay addicts. You can still log on to the world's most famous auction site and "Buy It Now." MercExchange, that pugnacious patent holder in Great Lakes, Virginia, has failed in its latest attempt to shut down the nifty little eBay button that lets you purchase items before an auction plays itself out. Last month, …
Cade Metz, 31 Jul 2007

Jury spanks Lexmark in toner refill case

Lexmark must rue the day that it elected to sue a small components supplier, which had developed a chip to enable toner recartridge manufacturers to produce printer clones. In the latest round of its fight against Static Control Components SCC), a jury in Kentucky - Lexmark's home state - ruled the printer giant "unreasonably …
Drew Cullen, 25 Jun 2007
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US bans import of Qualcomm 3G phones

The US International Trade Commission has barred the import of new cell phones that use chips made Qualcomm, following a legal determination they infringe a patent held by competitor Broadcom. The ban includes the import of Qualcomm chips and chipsets, but doesn't affect handsets and PDAs on the market prior to today's ruling, …
Dan Goodin, 7 Jun 2007

US Patent Office returns to Microsoft-Eolas fray

Microsoft is getting another chance to prove to the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that the disputed Eolas patent for browser plug-ins is invalid. The two companies have fought for eight years over the ownership of running executables in a web browser. US courts have awarded Eolas over $500m in the fight, but the …
Austin Modine, 4 Jun 2007
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UK firms contest 'absurd' software patent ruling

A group of small British businesses has mounted a challenge to changes made by the Intellectual Property Office's (formerly known as the Patent Office) to the scope of the monopoly a patent holder can be granted for a software patent. They are objecting, specifically, to paragraph 14 in the IPO's recent November guidance on …
Lucy Sherriff, 29 May 2007

Calif. firm sues Sony over the way it makes Blu-ray disks

Sony is facing legal action from a Californian company over claims of patent infringement in its use of Blu-ray technology in the PlayStation 3 games console. Target Technology is demanding that three Sony-related companies stop manufacturing and distributing all Blu-ray discs. The firm alleges that the technology used to …
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Vonage wants retrial of Verizon patent case

Vonage has asked for a retrial in the patent case which the VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) phone company lost to telco giant Verizon. The company wants the trial reheard in the light of a new Supreme Court ruling on patent law. Earlier this week the Supreme Court issued new guidance on what 'obviousness' means. A patent …
OUT-LAW.COM, 2 May 2007

Judge in MP3 case to Microsoft: time to pay up

Microsoft has been ordered to stump up $1.5bn for violating MP3 patents owned by Alcatel and Lucent Technologies. US federal judge Rudi Brewster told the software giant that it's time to pay damages, after a trial jury found Microsoft guilty in February. The judge ordered the $1.5bn to be split between Lucent and Alcatel - …
Gavin Clarke, 2 May 2007

Supreme Court: Microsoft off the hook in AT&T case

The Supreme Court has sided with Microsoft today, in a patent infringement case filed by AT&T over international copyright liability. The 7-1 ruling, which relieves Microsoft of US legal responsibility of infringing software sent overseas will give many other software companies a sigh of relief. Microsoft had the unusual …
Austin Modine, 30 Apr 2007

HP pitches Acer another sueball

Hewlett-Packard has filed yet another lawsuit with Taiwan-based PC maker Acer, alleging more patent shenanigans. Last month, HP slapped Acer and with a lawsuit regarding infringement of five patents used in HP notebooks, desktops and media center systems. Now HP's open palm has moved inversely for a litigation backhand smack of …
Austin Modine, 23 Apr 2007

Study: Users pay for Microsoft patent woes

Each copy of Windows cost users an additional $21.50 "patent tax" to cover Microsoft litigation bills, the Software Freedom Law Center claims. The SFLC, which provides legal representation and services to promote free and open source software, said customers are the ones splitting the bill for Microsoft's ceaseless patent- …
Austin Modine, 18 Apr 2007

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