Archive for February, 2010

Israel: last three days of software patent consultation

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

The deadline for the Israeli patent office’s consultation on software patents is February 15th. Some of the links on the patent office’s website have changed, so I’ll make a list below of current and useful links.


German January 2009 ruling, as text

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

(Note: the original title incorrectly said “2010″)

Germany’s Federal High Court, the Bundesgerichtshof, handed out a ruling that some say upholds a software patent. The ruling was published as a PDF. I converted it to text here so that we can use online translation services to read it in English. Below is the full text in German. Here are links to automatic translations to English:


Letter to Israeli Patent Office, from Hamakor

Friday, February 5th, 2010

In response to the Israeli Patent Office’s consultation about software patents, free software group Hamakor has submitted a brief (that linked page contains many other good links). Great work Hamakor!


Page orientation patents, the USPTO, and you

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

When people or computers at the USPTO detect that a fax has been sent upsidedown and needs to be turned 180°, what do they do? They send it back and ask you to turn it 180°. Why don’t they do this obvious task themselves automatically?