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EU Central Court Could Validate Software Patents

zoobab Re:And You Could Be The Next Winner! (77 comments)

The courts you are talking about are mostly the ones from the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

The plan is to remove patentable subject matter from the hands of the ECJ, transferring that to a specialized patent court, similar to the CAFC.

more than 2 years ago
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France To Launch a National Patent Troll

zoobab Re:Stop Using that Term (179 comments)

"How exactly is German case law relevant here?"

German judges are the number one candidates to populate such european courts. There is now a series of decisions in Germany, notably the Siemens document generation patent, which has abolished the exclusion of software patents in DE:

http://translate.google.be/translate?u=http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Bundesgerichtshof-ebnet-Weg-fuer-Softwarepatente-1003190.html&sl=de&tl=en&hl=&ie=UTF-8

"The relevant case law is the case law of the boards of appeal of the EPO"

Administrative tribunals run by patent examiners without a law degree do not produce case law.

"why should a software engineer be privileged over an electrical engineer"

Because software authors write code, and deserve freedom of expression.

The EPO invented the term "computer implemented invention" in the late nineties because they knew that the Berne Convention was already protecting "computer programs" as literary works.

Authors are spoiled from the right to benefit of the fruits of their work.

As far as I know, electrical engineers have to deal with physical forces and all that, not with a text editor.

more than 3 years ago
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France To Launch a National Patent Troll

zoobab Re:./, I'm disappointed (179 comments)

"It's not linked to software patents"

Of course it is linked, do you really believe that they wont file any software patent in the field of "Information and Communication Technologies":

http://www.agglotv.com/?p=15499

"Le domaine d’intervention prioritaire du fonds sera dans un premier temps les nouvelles technologies de l’information et de la communication"

Maybe they will stick themselves to resistors and hardware, but it is obvious that 95% of patents in "ICT" are now software.

more than 3 years ago
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France To Launch a National Patent Troll

zoobab Re:Stop Using that Term (179 comments)

"Someone please explain to me how the Unitary patent is a push towards software patents"

Thats very simple, take the German case law and make it the default for the whole of Europe.

"why software patents are a bad thing"

Because it is insane to ask authors to check zillion of claims before being able to write a piece of code.

more than 3 years ago
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France to launch a national patent troll

zoobab s/at/as (2 comments)

s/at the final attempt to validate software patents/as the final attempt to validate software patents/

more than 3 years ago
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Collaborative Software For Pair Programming?

zoobab Screen+SSH+Vim (302 comments)

Remote Pair Programming Using SSH Screen Vim and Skype

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFClpADY7Tc

about 5 years ago
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Paris Hosts the Second Hacker Space Festival

zoobab Videos of last year (55 comments)

Some interesting videos of last year:

http://www.justin.tv/hackerspace/all

more than 5 years ago
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Paris Hosts the Second Hacker Space Festival

zoobab Re: Cliche (55 comments)

That's the advantage of the location: at least the Bobos from Neuilly won't come because they don't go to Vitry :-)

more than 5 years ago
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Paris Hosts the Second Hacker Space Festival

zoobab Plenty of 20 minutes slots for Lightning Talks (55 comments)

There are still plenty of 20 minutes slots for Lightning Talks to present your project:

http://www.hackerspace.net/lightning-talks

more than 5 years ago
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Sept 24 Is World Day Against Software Patents

zoobab Re:New Zealand : wonder what Weta think (155 comments)

The Government of New Zealand is proposing a set of amendments to the national patent law, none of them clearly mentions the exclusions of software from the field of patentability. The Government claims that Free Trade Agreements and other international treaties requires software patents in New Zealand.

http://stopsoftwarepatents.org/forum/t-91796/government-in-new-zealand-pushes-for-software-patents

I would be you, I would contact immediately your Member of Parliament, and your Government to find out what is going on.

more than 5 years ago

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France to launch a national patent troll

zoobab zoobab writes  |  more than 3 years ago

zoobab writes "France is creating a state sponsored patent fund, FranceBrevets, which primary focus will be to sponsor, acquire and license patents in the ICT (read software patents) sector. The patent fund is at the initiative of the minister of Research, Valérie Pécresse, the Ministry of Industry, Energy and digital economy, Eric Besson. The primary target of the fund is to collect licenses on those patents, which is already seen in France as the biggest patent troll of the country. France is also supporting the European Unitary Patent, which is seen by many at the final attempt to validate software patents in Europe."
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"No Power for the Parliament" warns EPO examiners

zoobab zoobab writes  |  more than 4 years ago

zoobab (201383) writes "The Staff Union of the EPO (SUEPO) sent a letter to the President of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek, warning of risks for the European Parliament to be "circumvented" as a legislator when the EU will accede to the European Patent Convention (EPC). The European Patent Organisation is everything except a model of democracy: national patent offices are in power, there is no parliament involved in the decision making process, and diplomatic conferences are held behind closed doors. There are plans to create a central patent court in Europe, which would operate in a democratic vacuum, as it would not be counterbalanced by any legislative assembly, let alone the European Parliament. Such central patent court could also validate software patents via caselaw (as it was recently done with the Microsoft FAT patent by the German Supreme Court), and Microsoft, IBM or SAP are lobbying in Brussels not to reopen the software patent directive."
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EU-India treaty leaks with 3strikes provisions

zoobab zoobab writes  |  more than 4 years ago

zoobab (201383) writes "The draft agreement between Europe and India on Intellectual Property Rights has been leaked, and clearly mentions at its Article 34 the possibility for administrative tribunals, such as the ones currently being setup in France via the Hadopi, to shutdown internet access of suspected downloaders ("This article shall not affect the possibility for a court or administrative authority, in accordance with Parties' legal systems, of requiring the service provider to terminate or prevent an infringement"). The draft also contains provisions on ISPs liabilities. The European Commission is also pushing for ISPs liabilities for copyright infringements in the EU-South Korea Free Trade Agreement, which was criticised in the public hearing on ACTA on going beyond existing EU laws and the E-commerce directive."
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IBM says software patents drive OSS development

zoobab zoobab writes  |  more than 4 years ago

zoobab writes "In its Amicus Brief to the US Supreme Court on the Bilski case, IBM is arguing that "patent protection has promoted the free sharing of source code [...] which has fueled the explosive growth of open source software development." IBM also argue that the machine-or-tranformation test allow software to be patented, and that "software patent protection provides significant economic, technological, and societal benefits". IBM also "finds alarming decisions in the wake of Bilski concluding that software is excluded from patentable subject matter" making references to the BPAI decisions on Ex Parte Altman. IBM also says thet are "committed to ensuring that such technology [software] is and remains patentable"."
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Paris hosts the second Hacker Space Festival

zoobab zoobab writes  |  more than 5 years ago

zoobab writes "Hackers from all over Europe will meet at the end of the month (27-30 June) at the second Hacker Space Festival (HSF), in Paris. The four-day schedule includes conferences and workshops on: Metasploit, HostileWRT, FPGA for beginners, ICT disaster recovery, Software Patents in Europe, Hadopi, Anonymisation or how to produce your own biodiesel... The future of Hacker Spaces will also be debated. The event will be hosted by the first french hackerspace /tmp/lab, located in an industrial zone in the outskirts of Paris."
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24-Sept is World Day against Software Patents

zoobab zoobab writes  |  more than 5 years ago

zoobab writes "Veteran European anti-software patent campaigners have launched the World Day against Software Patents, writing: "The issue of software patents is a global one, and several governments and patent offices around the world continue to grant software & business method patents on a daily basis; they are pushing for legal codification of the practice, such as currently in New Zealand and India. We declare the 24 September as the World Day Against Software Patents, in commemoration of the European Parliament First Reading in 2003 with amendments stopping the harmful patenting of software, guaranteeing that software programmers and businesses can safely benefit from the fruits of their work under copyright law.""
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