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A Patent Lie

http://www.nytimes.com

Bill Gates wrote, “If people had understood how patents would be granted when most of today’s ideas were invented, and had taken out patents, the industry would be at a complete standstill today.” Mr. Gates worried that “some large company will patent some obvious thing” and use the patent to “take as much of our profits as they want.”

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Groklaw - Peer to Patent Project Begins June 15

http://www.groklaw.net

It's never been tried before, letting the public provide the USPTO examiners with a helping hand. The goal is to find ways to block stupid patents at the applications input level, so they don't get approved, issued, and subsequently hurt people and companies. I think of it as bug spray to kill off stupid patents before they can multiply.

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Microsoft, LG Sign Linux Pact

http://www.pcworld.com

Microsoft Wednesday inked another cross-licensing patent agreement, this time with South Korea's LG Electronics, covering the company's Linux-based embedded devices.

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Write to WBUR/NPR radio and tell them to stream in a format other than MP3!

http://binaryfreedom.info

MP3 is encumbered with patents which require listeners to buy licensed players or risk facing patent infringement lawsuits. Since WBUR is publicly funded, it seems silly for it to use resources to enrich a private enterprise. Listeners have already payed once to have the content made, so they shouldn't have to pay an extra MP3 tax.

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GPLv3 authors comment on final draft

http://www.linux-watch.com

"Microsoft made a few mistakes in the Novell-Microsoft deal, and GPLv3 is designed to turn them against Microsoft, extending that limited patent protection to the whole community," explains GPLv3 co-author Richard M. Stallman.

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Microsoft, Novell, and "Clone Product" Lawsuits

http://arstechnica.com

"The MS/Novell deal specifically excludes patent protection for "clone products." In the agreement, a clone product is broadly defined as "a product (or major component thereof) of a Party that has the same or substantially the same features and functionality as a then-existing product (or major component thereof) of the other Party ...

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Chris Sontag Admits to

http://www.groklaw.net

[...]So it looks like SCOsource was the first draft or dress rehearsal for what Microsoft is now trying with patents, all right, trying to find a way to neuter the GPL so it can tax Linux[...]

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