Archive for April, 2010

Who’ll write the Bilski opinion?

Friday, April 30th, 2010

There’s no hard info about who will write the Bilski opinion, but we can look at trends and signs.

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ACTA official text, re: software patents

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Here it is: tradoc_146029.pdf. We owe a big thanks to the government employees who risked their jobs by leaking previous versions. Without those leaks, our governments probably wouldn’t have agreed finally to show us the text. (on en.swpat.org, there’s related info at ACTA overview.)

Below are some initial thoughts.

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Patent Absurdity – or Bilski, the movie

Friday, April 16th, 2010

FSF has just published a film by independent film make Luca Lucarini:

Against the backdrop of of the current Bilski case in the US Supreme Court, the film features a series of interviews explaining the absurdity of software patents and how we got into this mess. Luca and some of the cast from the film kindly agreed to answer here some of the questions you might have about the film. So fire away!

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Australia: legislation still coming

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

A reminder: The Australian government will propose new legislation about the patentability of software this year. The progress in New Zealand, and the Australian government Department for Innovation’s doubts about software patents indicate that organised people can make a difference. Below is the info I’ve gathered so far.

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When to expect Bilski

Friday, April 9th, 2010

The Bilksi ruling is due soon. It won’t come next week, but might come the week after. Below are the possible dates.

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Which ways could Bilski go?

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

The Bilski decision is due soon. Here’s a quick look at things to keep in mind when reading the decision. For example, it’s worth remembering that the case doesn’t deal with a software patent!

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