Yet another article highlighting why I hate the patent system. Apparently NetFlix is sueing BlockBuster over patents it has over movie rentals over the internet.
Tag Archives: patents
The Patent Epidemic
I found a reference to this on Slashdot – BusinessWeek has a really good article describing the goofiness that is the U.S. patent system.
Google’s Patents Reveal Strategy To Beat Microsoft
Google’s Patents Reveal Strategy To Beat Microsoft – interesting article about how Microsoft is currently in the position that IBM was with them when it comes to Google. Could Google threaten Microsofts dominance?
eCommerce Patents Out of Control
This article on Techdirt talks about the latest patent suit between EPlus and SAP. Apparently, EPlus holds a patent on searching online catalogs, checking availability, and displaying the results. How rediculous is this to have a patent for and why the hell is this kind of stuff being granted?
New free software license takes aim at patents – Tech News & Reviews – MSNBC.com
New free software license takes aim at patents – New draft of GPL license says if you hold a patent, and accuse a GPL project of violating it, you lose your GPL rights. ZDNet article here.
Apples “Violation” of Creative Patent
The latest news about Creative owning a patent on “Automatic Hierarchical Categorization of Music By Metadata” has me a little annoyed. I just don’t see why one company would have to pay another for the ability to create a hierarchical menuing system. The ability of companies to “own ideas” rather than specific implementations is just not something that makes sense to me.
What if VisiCalc had been patented?
What if VisiCalc had been patented? – Dan Bricklin
Amazon Settles in Patent Infringement LawSuit
Amazon Settles in Patent Infringement Law Suit – Forbes.com
Dynamic Web Page Generation Patented?
This article on Slashdot talks about the vague patent held by Epicrealm on the dynamic generation of web pages.