- Intellectual Property Rights and Software Protection – A UK Programmer’s View [eNewsMediaMagazine] —
This article is provided by Leigh Ellis, a UK based software solicitor and qualified software engineer who providing legal advice to technology businesses in the UK and worldwide. Liegh provides that the foundations for software protection lay directly and indirectly by contract, copyright, designs law, patent law, trade marks, passing off, law of confidence and trade secrets.
- Bosch, Dupont and Xerox Join Eco-Patent Commons — Bosch, DuPont and Xerox Corporation have joined the Eco-Patent Commons, a business effort to help the environment by pledging environmentally-beneficial patents to the public domain.(tags: Patent)
- Chief Judge: Balski will be Very Significant [Patently-O] Chief Judge Michel is quoted: “One of the most important cases pending with the [Federal Circuit] today is In re Bilski…. ‘It’s a very interesting case and I thought all the judges worked very hard on it,’ says [Chief Judge] Michel. He adds: ‘I think it will be a very significant decision. It probably will have broader scope than either In re Comiskey or In re Nuijten”(tags: Patent Software)
- Take patent policy away from lawyers, says Australian government report [IAM] The courts in Australia, conclude the authors of “Venturous Australia – Building Strength in Innovation” (Chapter 7, pages 83 to 87), have “overturned important ‘gatekeeping’ principles of the patent system that existed until the early 1980s”. In particular, they identify software and business methods as an issue, and state that large companies are using the patent system to build thickets that effectively keep competitors out of markets. Jeff Wild states, “The report may be specific to one country, but there is a lot in it that decision makers in other parts of the world could find attractive and persuasive. All patent owners should think through the implications of that very carefully.” (tags: Software Patents)
- ITC to probe Nintendo Wii patent infringement [Reuters] The U.S. International Trade Commission has agreed to look into Hillcrest Laboratories’ allegations that Nintendo Co Ltd infringed Hillcrest’s patents in making its popular Wii video game. (tags: Patent ITC Infringe Tech)