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Interview With ‘Idiot’ Behind Key Software Patent

August 24th, 2011 08:59 admin View Comments

Patents

An anonymous reader writes “Last week, an appeals court ruling opened the door to making it easier to kill software patents. It turns out that the guy whose name was on the actual patent didn’t even realize it was at the center of the debate, and doesn’t like software patents very much. ‘So I was thinking — great they invalidated software patents, lets see what crappy patent written by an idiot they picked to do it — then I realized the idiot in question was me.’”

Source: Interview With ‘Idiot’ Behind Key Software Patent

Appeals Court Makes It Easier To Dump Software Patents

August 18th, 2011 08:16 admin View Comments

Patents

An anonymous reader writes “While software patents are still legal, it appears that the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, sometimes known as the nation’s ‘patent court’ has just made a decision that will make it much easier to reject software patents for being mere ‘mental processes’” rather than an actual invention. This could allow the Patent Office and the courts to reject many software patents.”

Source: Appeals Court Makes It Easier To Dump Software Patents

Court Rules Sending Too Many Emails Is “Hacking”

August 10th, 2011 08:02 admin View Comments

The Courts

An anonymous reader writes “An appeals court has ruled that having people send a company a lot of emails (in this case, a union protesting a company’s business practices) qualifies as hacking under the Computer Fraud & Abuse Act. We’re not even talking about a true DDoS action here, but just a bunch of protest emails. Part of the problem is that the company apparently set up their email to only hold a small number of emails in their inbox, and the court seems to think the union should take the blame for stuffing those inboxes.”

Source: Court Rules Sending Too Many Emails Is “Hacking”

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