EditorsAbout the SiteComes vs. MicrosoftUsing This Web SiteSite ArchivesCredibility IndexOOXMLOpenDocumentPatentsNovellNews DigestSite NewsRSS

01.07.09

Novell Obtains Some More Software Patents, Legitimising Broken System

Posted in America, Microsoft, Novell, Patents at 11:42 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Novell’s chief forker of OpenOffice.org is already obtaining software patents. Actually, we gave many more such examples prior to that. Novell is not opposed to the notion of software patents; in fact, it carries on filing for more of them and then uses them as a selling point [1, 2]. Here are the latest additions:

Construction, manipulation, and comparison of a multidimensional semantic space , patent No. 7,475,008, invented by Delos C. Jensen of Orem, and Stephen R. Carter of Spanish Fork, assigned to Novell, Inc. of Provo.

Communication interface for providing accounting support for print services , patent No. 7,475,031, invented by F. Devon Taylor of Pleasant Grove, Bart Dahneke of Provo, Dale J. Bethers of Pleasant Grove, and Brad P. Christensen of Alpine, assigned to Novell, Inc. of Provo.

What good are these patents anyway? What will Novell do with them?

No Value

Some Other Software Patenting News

There are several new reports out there about digital TV companies joining forces (spearheaded by the Coalition to Terminate Financial Abuses of the Television Transmission) to protest against ‘intellectual’ destruction of the digital TVs sector in the US, due to tactlessness in patenting. Vizio lends its voice.

HDTV company Vizio is petitioning the Federal Communications Commission to lower patent fees for digital TVs, claiming they are excessive, unregulated and costing consumers more than $1 billion and counting.

“This is the great untold story of the transition to digital television,” said Amos Snead, spokesman for the Coalition to Terminate Financial Abuses of the Television Transmission, or CUT FATT, which Vizio is backing. “Since 2007, American consumers have been paying more than 20 to 30 times what consumers in Europe and Japan pay in royalties for basically the same technologies.

Earlier on we also mentioned Microsoft newly-found strategy as a patent-hoarding company [1, 2]. Well, Microsoft has just been sued.

Both patents are entitled, “Computer System Security Method and Apparatus for Creating and Using Program Authorization Information Data Structures,” and relate specifically to the technology and manner of use employed by the technology for security software.

Microsoft wanted software patents? It got them. But will it ever learn? Will Novell?

Share this post: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Reddit
  • co.mments
  • DZone
  • email
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • NewsVine
  • Print
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Facebook

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

2 Comments

  1. Baby In The Bath Water said,

    January 7, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Gravatar

    Obtaining patents doesn’t legitimize them. They’re already “legit”. Obtaining patents is just the Smart Thing to do in order to protect yourself.

    It’s what Novell do with these patents that matters.

    - If they attack people with them, then “bad Novell! Bad!”

    - else If they use them for defensive purposes only, then there’s nothing wrong with that.

    - else if they give them to OIN or in some other way use them to protect F/LOSS, “good Novell! Good!”

    Note: this comment was posted from Novell’s headquarters.

  2. AlexH said,

    January 7, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Gravatar

    @Baby: OIN isn’t approved of here. It’s often referred to here as “the Maginot line”, although I suspect the person who created that similie isn’t so hot on WW2 history ;)

What Else is New


  1. Links 20/4/2014: EFF FOSS, Easter Drone Strikes, Copyright Industry Fear of Google

    Links for the day



  2. Links 19/4/2014: Slow Easter News Day

    Links for the day



  3. Links 18/4/2014: New KDE, Kubuntu, and More

    Links for the day



  4. Some Perspective on Heartbleed®

    Our views on the whole Heartbleed® bonanza, which seems like partly a PR stunt (for multiple stakeholders)



  5. Microsoft is Leaving Windows -- Including Vista 8.1 -- Vulnerable to Non-Government Crackers, Not Only to NSA

    Microsoft makes it ever more evident that securing users of Windows is not at all a priority, and perhaps not even a desire



  6. Links 17/4/2014: Android RDP, New Ubuntu, RHEL 7 Milestone

    Links for the day



  7. Racing to 1984: Mass Surveillance, Cracking, 'Targeted' Assassinations, and Illegal Torture

    Links for the day



  8. More Microsoft Subsidies to Patent Troll Intellectual Ventures

    Microsoft hands money to Bill Gates' close friend who is the world's largest patent troll



  9. Aiding Microsoft Under the Disguise of 'Pro-FOSS'

    Not everything which is FOSS necessary becomes, by virtue of existence, a positive contribution, as we are constantly reminded by projects that help proprietary software and/or restrictions get a strong grip on FOSS



  10. Links 16/4/2014: Red Hat PR, Ubuntu LTS Imminent

    Links for the day



  11. Links 15/4/2014: Lots of PCLinuxOS Releases, Ukraine Updates

    Links for the day



  12. Apple and Microsoft Actively Lobbying Against Patent Reform in the US

    Apple and Microsoft are reportedly intervening/interfering with US law in order to ensure that the law is Free/libre software-hostile



  13. Lawsuit by Microsoft Shareholder Targets Fine for Crimes Rather Than the Crimes Themselves

    A new lawsuit by a Microsoft shareholder shows everything that's wrong with today's model of accountability, where those who are responsible for crimes are accused of not avoiding fines rather than committing the crimes



  14. Public Institutions Must Dump PRISM-Associated Software

    Another reminder that taxpayers-subsidised services should refuse, as a matter of principle, to pay anything for -- let alone deploy -- proprietary software with back doors



  15. GNU/Linux News: The Opportunities Amid XP EOL

    Links for the day



  16. Microsoft Gets Its Money's Worth From Xamarin: PlayStation 4 Now Polluted by Microsoft

    The Trojan horse of Microsoft, Xamarin, is pushing .NET into Microsoft's console competitor



  17. After Brendan Eich Comes Chris Beard

    Having removed Brendan Eich using bullying and blackmail tactics, his foes inside Mozilla achieved too little as we have yet another man (coming from inside Mozilla) acting as CEO



  18. Healthcare News: Free Software in Health, Humanitarian Causes

    Links for the day



  19. Links 14/4/2014: MakuluLinux, Many Games, More Privacy News and Pulitzer Prize for NSA Revelations

    Links for the day



  20. TechBytes Episode 87: Catching up With Surveillance (NSA, GCHQ et al.)

    The first audio episode in a very long time covers some of the latest happenings when it comes to privacy and, contrariwise, mass surveillance



  21. Server News: KVM, ElasticHosts, Other GNU/Linux Items, and Open Network Linux

    Links for the day



  22. Hardware News: Freedom, Modding, Hackability on the Rise

    Links for the day



  23. Distributions News: GNU/Linux Distros

    Links for the day



  24. GNOME News: Financial Issues, Mutter-Wayland, West Coast Summit, Community Participation

    Links for the day



  25. KDE News: Kubuntu at the Centre Again KDE Applications Updated

    Links for the day



  26. Techrights Rising

    Effective immediately, Techrights will do what it takes to bring back old volume and pace of publishing



  27. Links: Surveillance, Intervention, Torture and Drones

    Links for the day



  28. Mobile Linux Not Just Android: Jolla, WebOS, and Firefox OS News

    Links for the day



  29. Google's Linux Revolution: New Gains for Android, Chrome OS (GNU/Linux)

    Links for the day



  30. Free/Libre Databases News: MongoDB, NoSQL, and MySQL Branches/Forks

    Links for the day


CoPilotCo

RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

CoPilotCo

Recent Posts