03.31.16

Microsoft Vows to Stop All Patent Lawsuits and Threats Against Linux, Drops Existing Secret Settlements, Annuls NDAs

Posted in GNU/Linux, Humour, Microsoft, Patents at 5:50 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Satya Nadella

Summary: Satya Nadella finally decides to do the right thing by attempting to undo the damage caused since the Novell/Microsoft deal

IN an unprecedented effort to appease the GNU/Linux community, having launched a campaign of intimidation and coercion in 2006 (continues to date), Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella issued a public apology, posted in Microsoft’s official blog on Wednesday night. The apology did not name specific companies, but it did address Red Hat, Canonical and various device makers, primarily east Asian ones.

“I have decided to cancel all existing patent licensing deals with companies that distribute Linux and over the coming 24 months we shall refund them all the money charged in the period of 2006-2016, except in cases where these charges have already rendered those companies defunct or bankrupt.”
      –Satya Nadella
Nadella stated in his latest blog: “Having come to this company and having witnessed its aggressive campaign of patent abuse against small companies, I have vetoed Bill Gates, decided to fire Horacio Gutierrez, and my colleagues shall reveal the secret deals that we have signed over the past decade, including Novell’s.”

Nadella, closing his controversial blog post, noted that Brad Smith, a key architect of the old strategy, has resigned in protest. Attempts to reach Smith for comments have so far been unsuccessful.

“In order to demonstrate Microsoft’s commitment to GNU/Linux and its continued growth,” Nadella told us, “I have decided to cancel all existing patent licensing deals with companies that distribute Linux and over the coming 24 months we shall refund them all the money charged in the period of 2006-2016, except in cases where these charges have already rendered those companies defunct or bankrupt.”

Nadella has not yet commented about the possibility of scuttling Microsoft-connected patent trolls such as Intellectual Ventures, which also attack Linux.

Postscript: sadly, this story is made up (April 1st) and will most probably remain fictional for good.

New EPO Marketing Campaign: Drive Your Audi Home

Posted in Europe, Humour, Marketing, Patents at 1:57 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Audi EPO

Summary: Audi forges a 5-year marketing relationship and mutually-exclusive contract with the European Patent Office, lending its name to the highly credible international body, where quality is unsayably exceptional

APR 1 2016 [for immediate release under embargo until the stated date] — MUNICH: Capitalising on the success of Volkswagen, FTI Consulting, the PR firm of the EPO, has proudly announced the unprecedented launch of a new 5-year advertising campaign in order to improve the already-perfect and eternally-immaculate image of the EPO. “Drive your Audi Home” is the title of this exciting campaign, which will target TV audiences in the Netherlands and Germany. With the memorable motto “you’re the boss” FTI Consulting expects customers to value rapid growth in both morale and confidence.

“Our relationships are excellent.”
      –EPO official
This marketing push is part of an ongoing campaign, which may extend to more countries across Europe in due course, depending on media demand and dependent on the market perception of the EPO’s fine products. It strives to take advantage of the poor demand for Volkswagen vehicles, which despite fantastic figures and low emissions (as confirmed by the International Automobile Magazine, IAM) has not managed to gain a foothold anywhere outside of Germany.

In a prepared statement, said an unnamed EPO official, “the new campaign fills a void and will further enhance the image of the EPO.” Commenting on the substance of the the motto, the official explained: “There has never been a better time to buy an Audi. Our relationships are excellent. Our performance is at an all-time high. You can drive your Audi like a boss to any place in Europe, as far as France to the West and Croatia to the East.”

Postscript: this is satire, in case it’s not obvious.

SUEPO Publica Traducciones de los Medios Alemanes Acerca de la EPO

Posted in Europe, Patents at 8:12 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

English/Original

Publicado en Europe, Patents at 9:40 am por el Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“La manera más segura de corromper a la juventud es instruirlos a tener en alta estima aquellos que piensan como ello en vez de aquellos que piensan diferente.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

Sumario: Para el record futuro y por causa de preservación, cinco artículos/cartas alemanas acerca de la EPO en un lugar

La SUEPO reciéntemente ha traducido o por lo menos publicado traducciones de algunos reciéntes artículos en Alemán. Es acerca de la EPO antes y despes de la reunión del Consejo Administrativo. Ya que virtualmente nada ha cambiado para mejoria, una huelga es en ciernes dentro de una semana.

Hemos leido algunas traducciones de artículos que Techrights no ha traducido hasta ahora (SUEPO hizo un esfuerzo duplicado al traducir cerca de una docena de artículos que habíamos traducido de antemano) y señalado sus interesantes bits para aquellos que se han cansado de ver las mismas historias varias veces (con variación en palabras en vez de substancia).

El siguiente artículo por Katja Riedel del Süddeutsche Zeitung fue publicado cuando la reunión del Consejo Administrativo comenzó, probablemente fue compuesti incluso antes de ello.

15. Marzo de 2016, 18:53 Close up

L’EPO, c’est moi

La Oficina Europea de Patentes se enfrenta a una crisis mayor, y Benoît Battistelli tiene la culpa. Criticos lo acusan de dictar y no discutir.

Por Katja Riedel

Los puntos de vista están profundamente divididos a la significancia de los próximos días tendran para Benoît Battistelli. Mientras aquellos a su alrededor están ansiosos de mantener al apariencia de normalidad, sus oponentes están insistiendo que el Presidente de la Oficina Europea de Patentes (EPO) esta atrapado en medio de un profunda crisis diplomática – de verdad la más profunda en su periódo de seis años en la oficina, a la cual no le han faltado conflictos.

Las patentes y su valor económico cesaron de ser un problema hace mucho tiempo. El escenario está en las divisiones entre el Frances y aquellos leales a él en un lado, y secciones de la fuerza de trabajo en el otro – un conflicto en el que ningún lado esta tirándo algun puñetazo. Los oponentes de Battistelli estan esperando ahora por una confrontación en la reunión del Consejo Administrativo, el que potencialmente puede sobrepasarlo, programado para el próximo Miércoles en Munich. El jefe de la EPO reciéntemente ha estado en enfrentamiento con el Consejo acerca de una investigación externa sobre un número de despidos espectáculares. La Oficina, sin embargo, esta tomando un aproximamiento bajo: “No estamos esperando que pase algo”, dice el jefe ejecutivo PR. No mayores cambios, no cortar el nudo Gordiano – y ciértamente no resignación.

La lucha en la EPO no es solo acerca de las reformas, las cuales a peticion de los 38 Estados Miembros, Battistelli ha estado impulsando desde el 2010, pero en vez del jefe mismo, y el mundo del que el viene. Se dice que el hombre de 68 años es una persona que dicta, no discute, de acuerdo con las personas que lo conocen por mucho tiempo. El hombre que se irrita fácilmente si encuentra alguna resistencia. Es dicho que esta profundamente imbuído en el sistema Frances. Lo que esto significa es su seguridad en sí mismo que adquirió en la Ena, aquella universidad de élites de Strasburgo, que es vista como el punto de salida para posiciónes claves en la política y adminstración Francesas.Talvez por esto es porque Battistelli le ha sido permitido acumularse por tanto tiempo aparentemente sin ser molestado. No se encuentra con sus críticos cara a car, pero mira a ellos desde arriba, desde el piso de arriba de sus cuárteles generales de Munich, desde donde determina el destino de la officina.

Parece que Battistelli ha creído por mucho tiempo que todo puede ser apagado, como un grifo que gotea: Los carteles qeu demandan su retire como jefe de la EPO, carteles que lo caricaturizan como el ¨Rey Sol¨. Y los alegatorios documentos discriminatorios de su oficina, los rumores filtrados y esparcidos via forums del Internet. Uno no necesita ser un amigo del Francés para apreciar que Battistelli no estaría preparado para soportar esos ataques por mucho tiempo. Con una movida de lápiz quiso deshacerse de poderosos oponentes – pero esta vez parece haber ido muy lejos. En Enero Battistelli despidió a la dama jefa ejecutiva de la unión SUEPO, junto a dos de sus colegas, y cortó sus pensiones. Su alegación fue que ellos habíán amenazado a otros representantes de empleados, de acuerdo a él y a un reporte investigativo. Los abogados representando a los ejecutivos de la uniona rechazaron todas las acusaciones, y el despido arbitrario desató nuevas protestas. El Consejo Administrativo, entonces propuso que las controversiáles medidas disciplinarias sean investigadas por un organismo externo. Para el conciente por el poder Battistelli, esto fue una afronta. Supuestamente él salió de una reunión montado en cólera, tirándo la puerta detrás de él. Y el Consejo Administrativo ahora emitió un crudo ultimatúm, el cual circuló rápidamente en los forums del Internet y dió a sus oponentes al oportunidad de esperar una confrontación.

El circulo de Battistelli están insistiéndo que de ninguna manera este es el caso. La letra fue sólo un bosquejo, una pelea diplomática, y las demandas ya pasaron. Battistelli mismo es dicho que estaba del mejor de los estados de ánimo. Pero si es una cara de poker o confidencia real, los próximos dias lo dirán..

Dias después vino otro artículo de Katja Riedel del Süddeutsche Zeitung. Hubo una acción firme, que sirvió que sirvió para refutar la ¨cara de poker¨ deBattistelli. Aunque el artículo muestra sus bajas shortcomings. Fue publicado despues de la reunión cone el Consejo Administrativo y las masivas protestas.

A pesar de las protestas, Battistelli permanece a cargo en la Oficina Europea de Patentes

El Consejo Administrativo de la EPO ha adoptado una resolución el la que el mensaje subliminal es plenamente de condenación. El palabreo contiene ordenes para actuar por parte del asediado Presidente.

Por Katja Riedel

A pesar de las fuertes protestas y continuas demandas para que renuncie de parte de los trabajadores, el jefe de la Oficina Europea de Patentes Benoit Battistelli, continúa permaneciéndo en oficio. El Consejo Administrativo de la organización adopto una resolución en su reunión. El Consejo de Administración de la organización adoptó una resolución en su reunión con Battistelli, que estaba en curso desde el miércoles, que contiene órdenes para el Presidente para actuar – y también indica molestia por sus acciones. Sin embargo, el Consejo no cuestionó su posición a la cabeza de la OEP. Ellos, sin embargo, expresan serias preocupaciones por el hecho de que durante muchos meses una amarga lucha se ha desatado entre la dirección y el personal de la Oficina. Los rivales de Battistelli habían esperado que renunciaría, o que el Consejo Administrativo lo despediría. Los empleados estan en armas por sus estridentes ´reformas´, mientras Battistelli Battistelli es el objetivo de recortar la Oficina hacia una mayor eficiencia. Los miembros del personal también han repetidamente han quejado de ataques graves a sus derechos fundamentales, y también sobre una serie de procedimientos de investigación interna. El Consejo de Administración, en la que los representantes de los 38 Estados miembros se sientan, ya había ordenado Battistelli el año pasado para restablecer la paz social dentro de la oficina, pero desde entonces la situación de la organización internacional, con 7000 empleados, se ha intensificado aún más. Mientras tanto, varios de los principales miembros de la unión personal Suepo han sido despedidos por Battistelli, con acusaciones de graves faltas personales y hablar de campañas de difamación contra la gestión de la oficina. Los miembros del sindicato, por medio de sus abogados, niegan vehementemente las acusaciones.

Contrario a las demandas hechas hace unas pocas semanas por el Consejo Administrativo, estas controversiáles medidas disciplinarias van ahora ser investigadas por una agencia de afuere, lo que ha sido causa mayor de disputa entre Battistelli y el Presidente del Consejo. En su lugar, el acuerdo contiene ahora la condición de que Battistelli puede permitir futuros casos que deben examinarse externamente, y acordaron con el Consejo – una petición, no una instrucción. Lo mismo se aplica a la contratación de un mediador, que también tiene Battistelli hasta ahora rechazada. Parece poco probable que la resolución va a calmar las cosas.

También publicado en el mismo dia estuvo este artículo que es relativamente corto y no añade nada nuevo o único:

Movimiento del Consejo Administrativo apunta al ¨Diálogo Social¨ dentro de la Oficina Europea de Patentes

Jueves, 17.03.2016, 14:34

En el continue conflicto en la Oficina Europea de Patentes (EPO), la gerencia ejecutiva y el cuerpo de representantes SUEPO parecen permanecer bajo los deseos del Consejo Administrativo y comenzar a estar juntos de nuevo.

Este fue el objetivo de una resolución adoptada por el Consejo Administrativo en su reunión, en el cual el Presidente de la OEP, que Benoît Battistelli También se dice que ha aceptado, según un portavoz de la autoridad de patentes interestatal hablando el jueves a la Agencia Alemana de Prensa. La cuestión clave en la resolución es de seguir adelante con el diálogo social en la OEP rápidamente, así como la revisión y la reforma de los procedimientos disciplinarios. El jueves hubo inicialmente nadie disponible en Suepo para hacer un comentario.

Battistelli ha estado en la cima de la autoridad interestatal durante cinco años y medio, y está presionando por reformas. Estos incluyen el endurecimiento de las prácticas de trabajo y el control del rendimiento y tiempo libre, algo que ha llevado a una gran cantidad de críticas por parte de la organización de representación del personal. La OEP recientemente reconocida oficialmente la FFPE por la EPA, una unión en el sector de servicios públicos europeos, aunque esto se dice que representa un número mucho menor que los empleados de EPO Suepo, que hasta ahora no ha sido reconocida.

donaukurier.de, el cual ha publicado otros artículos en esta materia, escribió y publico los siguientes largos artículos (relativamente importantes o nueva información resaltada).

Miedo, Matoneo, Despidos

Múnich (DK) En la Oficina Europea de Patentes en Munich, el conflicto entre el Presidente y el personal es cada vez mayor. Se habla generalizada de violaciónes de derechos humanos, y de ser espiada, como la policía secreta Stasi. Sin embargo, la policía y la oficina del abogado del estado no son capaces de intervenir, porque la Oficina goza de inmunidad. Hoy podría ser el día del ajuste de cuentas de la gestión.

La cláusula es decisiva en el artículo 8 de la Convención Europea de Patentes. Esto rige la inmunidad de la Oficina Europea de Patentes (OEP). Lo que cae exactamente debajo se especifica este fallo en otro lugar: Está escrito allí, por ejemplo, que “Las autoridades de los Estados en los que la organización mantiene los locales que sólo pueden entrar en estos locales con el acuerdo del Presidente de la Oficina Europea de Patentes”. Para decirlo claramente, esto significa que, si bien la sede de la Oficina Europea de Patentes están situados en el centro de Múnich, junto al río Isar, no se aplican las leyes alemanas allí. La Convención, un acuerdo ratificado por 38 estados europeos y que forma parte del derecho internacional, estipula que ningún cuerpo policial, fiscal del estado, u otro nacional o estatal se permite el acceso. “Si la protección jurídica de una organización se establece en los convenios, a continuación, los tribunales alemanes no reciben una mirada en” enfatiza Sebastián Kolbe, un experto en derecho laboral de la Universidad Católica de Eichstätt. El ex juez de la Corte Constitucional Siegfried Bross incluso va tan lejos como para decir que, con construcciones intelectuales como estos, Guantánamo podría ser replicado en suelo alemán.

Para muchos de los empleados en la Oficina Europea de Patentes, en los últimos meses este fallo la inmunidad se ha convertido en una pesadilla. Dentro de la Oficina de un amargo conflicto se ha desatado entre la dirección durante el gobierno de Benoît Battistelli, un francés, y una gran parte de la fuerza de trabajo. Y la mano de obra no puede contar con hacer cualquier recurso a los tribunales nacionales. Hay un montón de empleados que hablan sobre el miedo que reina entre ellos, pero nadie se atreve a ser citado por su nombre por temor a represalias. La Oficina se rechaza rotundamente cualquier conexión entre cinco suicidios que se han producido entre los miembros del personal en los últimos cuatro años y las circunstancias que prevalecen en el trabajo. Según un portavoz de la EPO, la Oficina ha trabajado muy de cerca con las familias afectadas. “En ninguno de los casos se pudo establecer ninguna conexión causal entre el trabajo y la tragedia.” Luego pasó a hablar de los casos se utilizan con fines de explotación.

Es cierto que el personal de la EPO son en su mayor parte perceptores muy altas, así como disfrutar de una serie de privilegios fiscales. “Pero cualquiera que renuncia o es despedido, lo pierde todo”, dice una empleada, ya que la Oficina tiene su propio sistema de seguridad social y sus propias escuelas. Entrega de un preaviso de un significa que los niños tienen que salir de su escuela, y no hay ninguna prestación por desempleo – ni siquiera Hartz IV. las solicitudes de pensión se pueden restringir también.

El conflicto no está tomando rehenes. Entre otras cosas, en los últimos meses dos miembros del comité de empresa han sido despedidos, que también fueron destacados miembros de la unión personal de la casa Suepo, y una tercera ha sido degradada. La acusación contra ellos se alegaron contra la difamación de la Oficina, y después de haber acosado a un colega en el comité de empresa. “Una instancia individual y grave de mala conducta fue sacada a la luz”, según la oficina de prensa de EPO. Los saqueos se dice que es el resultado de un procedimiento disciplinario adecuado, y al parecer no tenía nada que ver con el hecho de que las personas afectadas eran miembros del comité de empresa.

Lo que según la legislación alemana sería prácticamente imposible, dado el alto grado de protección de los representantes de personal que ofrece la legislación del trabajo, es posible dentro de la EPO con relativamente ningún problema en absoluto – tirar un miembro del comité de empresa. Su estado es difícilmente comparable con la de los miembros del comité de empresa alemanes, sin embargo: El comité de empresa es, en efecto consultado sobre algunas cuestiones, y puede presentar recomendaciones, pero de acuerdo con el Código de EPO que no tiene derechos de discusión conjunta con efectos vinculantes.

El antecedente de la controversia radica en las reformas que Battistelli, armado con poderes muy amplio alcance, ha estado presionando a través desde su nombramiento a la oficina en 2010, y con el que pretende hacer el examen de patentes más eficiente. Muchos de sus medidas han incurrido en la resistencia de la fuerza de trabajo, y hay incluso han sido los reclamos de violación de los derechos humanos.

Una manzana de la discordia, por ejemplo, es un nuevo fallo en relación con el subsidio de enfermedad. De acuerdo con el Ministerio Federal de Justicia, que es responsable dentro del Gobierno Federal para el OPO, este fallo estipula que los empleados que reportan enfermos deben estar en su casa entre las 10.00 y las 12.00 horas y entre las 14.00 y las 16.00 horas, que la Oficina está facultada para comprobar en. Según un portavoz del Ministerio, sin embargo, la OEP ha restringido hasta ahora a estos casos absolutamente excepcionales. Suepo representa la situación tal como sustancialmente más grave. Los empleados enfermos sólo se les permite salir de sus casas para visitar a un médico que han sido notificados con anterioridad, aunque la enfermedad puede durar semanas o meses. Parece, también, que el médico designado por la Oficina se debe permitir el acceso a sus hogares. La respuesta de la portavoz de la Oficina es que la EPO es una organización internacional, y por lo tanto sería incapaz de cumplir exclusivamente por la práctica alemana. En otros Estados miembros, parece que tales resoluciones son completamente normales. Su objetivo parece en cualquier caso, para lograr una reforma: De acuerdo con la OEP, desde la introducción de los niveles dominantes de ausencia debido a la enfermedad han sido “bastante reducido sustancialmente”.

A esto se añade la “Unidad de Investigación”, que según Suepo es notorio en el OPO y considerado por los miembros del personal como “peor que la Stasi”. De acuerdo con una directriz interna, los acusados están obligados a proporcionar sin restricciones cooperación con la Unidad de Investigación, y el derecho de denegar el testimonio no existe. Los investigadores tienen el derecho, si se sospecha de una conducta impropia, para buscar oficinas y examinar los ordenadores. Suepo habla de “métodos de estado policial”, y critica el hecho de que el personal que investigan sólo responsables ante el Presidente, que, por tanto, es legislador, el fiscal, la policía y el juez, todo en uno. El Ministerio de Justicia, de acuerdo con sus propias afirmaciones, tiene varias veces llamados en Battistelli para cambiar estas pautas, pero hasta ahora sin éxito. El riesgo de autoincriminación, y la prohibición de la participación de un abogado en la investigación preliminar, se consideran particularmente inaceptable. Por el contrario, la Oficina de Patentes es enfático en que Battistelli está dispuesto a discutir estas directrices. 2016 se dice que es el año de consolidación y evaluación de las reformas.

Las posibilidades de Suepo tienen ningún efecto en la Oficina son, sin embargo, limitada. La Unión no es reconocido por la OEP como interlocutor, aunque mantiene que representa casi la mitad de los 7.000 o menos empleados. En lugar de ello, a principios de marzo la Oficina de Patentes anunció un “acuerdo pioneras” con la unión FFPE-EPO. Presidente Battistelli habló de un “hito en la reanudación del diálogo social”. Parece que a partir de ahora en la unión será reconocido formalmente como un interlocutor social.

Sin embargo, los únicos números FFPE-EPO unos 75 miembros, y se dice que está restringido a la base de EPO en La Haya, según fuentes Suepo. En la página de inicio FFPE-EPO, entre su establecimiento en 2008 y el anuncio de la firma del contrato de hace unos días, no hay una sola entrada. La unión no respondió a una investigación. La oficina de patentes, sin embargo, hace hincapié en el hecho de que el pequeño sindicato es una rama “de uno de los sindicatos más grandes en el sector de servicios públicos europeos”, y saluda el acuerdo como el comienzo de una relación más estrecha con los sindicatos.

Al mismo tiempo, Benoît Battistelli dio a conocer en el comunicado de prensa que el “Memorando de entendimiento” firmado con el FFPE-EPO es aparentemente abierto a todos los otros sindicatos de la Oficina Europea de Patentes. Una invitación que Suepo ha disminuido con gracias, ya que ve el acuerdo como un “acuerdo para amordazar”.

Lo que sucede después es en la actualidad no está claro. Hoy y mañana se reúne el Consejo de Administración, integrado por representantes de los 38 Estados miembros. Hasta ahora, se han destacado por detrás del presidente, pero más recientemente no tener signos de que ya no estarán cubriendo su espalda. A modo de ejemplo, informes de prensa sugieren que la silla danesa del Consejo de Administración, Jesper Kongstad, se ha pedido a Battistelli para mejorar el ambiente en el trabajo, y para permitir una investigación externa de las medidas adoptadas contra las tres juntas directivas. Hasta entonces, las medidas disciplinarias deben ser levantadas. En una carta de Kongstad a los demás miembros del Consejo, que está haciendo las rondas en Internet, se queja de que un diálogo serio con Battistelli recientemente resultó imposible, porque él salió de la reunión antes de tiempo. En respuesta a la pregunta de si Battistelli sigue siendo el hombre adecuado para el trabajo, el portavoz del Ministerio de Justicia se mostró evasivo: “También es en interés de Presidente Battistelli para restaurar la paz social en el OPO. Con este fin, la parte alemana mantiene un diálogo regular con él”.

Si el Presidente no está de acuerdo con el despido siendo investigados, los ejecutivos Suepo todavía tienen la posibilidad de recurrir a la Organización Internacional del Trabajo (OIT) en Ginebra, pero podría tomar años para una decisión que se siga recibiendo desde allí. La fuerza de trabajo en la Oficina de Patentes parecen decididos a continuar la lucha. La semana pasada, el 91 por ciento de los más de 4.000 empleados participantes votaron por una huelga. Antes de eso, sin embargo, se esperaban las decisiones del Consejo de Administración.

Donaukurier

La intervención de políticos Bavaros fue también de notar en ese entonces [1, 2] y la SUEPO tradujo una declaración como sigue:

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FREIE WÄHLER, Free Voters,desea que la Oficina Europea de Patentes para seguir la línea / Schmidt: El estatus de Baviera con respecto a la protección de los empleados debe ser asegurado – y eso significa que en el conjunto de Baviera

Por el Consejo Editorial
Martes, 15. March 2016 16:01

Gabi Schmidt – landtagsabgeordnete.eu

(BWP) “Baviera no puede permanecer de brazos cruzados cuando en la Oficina Europea de Patentes, con sede en Munich, violaciónes de los derechos humanos que se están cometiendo”, declara Gabi Schmidt, portavoz de política social para la fracción Freie Wähler libre de votantes en el parlamento regional, el parlamento regional de Baviera. Con motivo de la reunión de mañana del Consejo de Administración de la Oficina Europea de Patentes, la FREIEN Wähler están tomando la iniciativa en apoyo de los empleados mediante la presentación de una moción de emergencia. A la vista de las graves acusaciones que se hizo por el personal en contra de su empleador, la acción necesita ser tomada – y llevado rápidamente. “Aun cuando la Oficina Europea de Patentes es una institución que existe fuera de cualquier estado particular, debemos ni podemos eludimos nuestra responsabilidad de lo que sucede en suelo bávaro”, por lo que las demandas Schmidt.

Los empleados han informado de engaño y el subterfugio: Por ejemplo, se dice que la Oficina de Patentes de haber hecho llamadas telefónicas e incluso visitas sin previo aviso, en caso de que un miembro del personal ha reportado enfermo, simplemente para comprobar si realmente son en casa, que supuestamente significa que la persona en cuestión ni siquiera se le permitió ir a dar un paseo. “No hay concordancia identificada aquí con las normas de trabajo de Alemania y de Baviera”, dice Schmidt, que continúa: “Por lo tanto, un llamamiento al Gobierno del Estado de cometer, a nivel federal y europea, a elevar los niveles de los empleadores. Nos FREIEN demanda Wähler que nuestras normas alemanas y bávaras probado y fiable también se aplican a la Oficina Europea de Patentes – sin peros “.

Fuente: fw-landtag.de

Es muy probable que la próxima semana la prensa cubrirá a la EPO de nuevo por la huelga.

Escándalo: La Oficina Europea de Patentes Sirve Únicamente a los Clientes de Microsoft con Software para Llenar Aplicaciones

Posted in Europe, Microsoft, Patents at 7:51 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

English/Original

Publicado en Europe, Microsoft, Patents at 2:31 pm por el Dr. Roy Schestowitz

No mucho por servicio ‘público’

Become a Microsoft customer and then

Sumario: La EPO erróneamente asume que todos los aplicantes son clientes de Microsoft y estan usando Windows, lo cual sería muy beneficioso para sus amigos cercanos en Microsoft

MICROSOFT ES completamente un personaje muy importante dentro de la EPO, les guste o no a los examinadores. Poniendo de lado el hecho de que deben usar spyware como Vista y sus derivados/sucesores (con keyloggers), los examinandores necesitan apurarse con aplicaciones por patentes de Microsoft, quien es un malicioso agresor de patentes con varios trolles de patentes – incluso en su propia casa – a su disposición (e.g. para atacar a GNU/Linux). En numerosas ocasiones, hemos explicado el por que la R.I.C.O. Act debe ser invocada aquí y talvez eso haga que Microsoft también comienze a detenerse.

“Observen como software sólo para Windows es visto como ‘normal’ en la EPO incluso en el 2016.”Basados en el anuncio de hoy el cual links a esta página (precaución: epo.org link), entre otra docena de links para download, casit todas terminaron siendo ejecutables sólo para Windows (un par son ZIP files también para Windows). Lo que lo hace peor es que basado en sus páginas de proyectos ellos estan usando Java [1, 2, 3], para que en teoría puedan ayudar a otras plataformas (pero no).

Lectores veteranos pueda que ya sepan que esto es una materia sensitiva; diciendo que la EPO es cercana a Microsoft es un negocio riesgoso. La EPO es super sensitiva acerca de ello (uno debería ver los débiles y parciales rechazos de los abogados de la EPO para entender cuán pobre es su base). TODOS los artículos que siempre quisieron ver removidos fueron acerca de MICROSOFT Y LA EPO. Acerca de esos artículos considerándo la ´relación especial´ entre EPO-Microsoft (sobres los que la EPO me AMENAZÓ), ¿Cómo suponer que los ignoremos dado el trato especial que reciben.

Observen como software sólo para Windows es visto como ‘normal’ en la EPO incluso en el 2016. !VERGONZOSO! Ellos necesitan arreglar esto o simplemente perpetuarán la percepción de una ´relación especial´ (algo acerca de que otros reporteros nos han hablado).

Links 31/3/2016: Bodhi Linux 3.2.0, Kirigami UI

Posted in News Roundup at 7:42 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

GNOME bluefish

Contents

GNU/Linux

Free Software/Open Source

  • Open-source microprocessor

    Software source codes and hardware designs tend to be closely guarded trade secrets. Not so with open-source products. For instance, the code of open-source software is freely available to all: the best known example is the Linux operating system. Not only are interested developers able to use the software, they can also further develop it and adapt it to their own needs.

  • Open-Source Microprocessor
  • Engineers Develop Open-Source Microprocessor for Wearables and IoT
  • eBay first to open source a FIDO UAF authentication server
  • eBay becomes first ecommerce member of FIDO Alliance
  • eBay joins FIDO Alliance
  • Google Introduces Open Source VR View For Easy 360-Degree Photo And Video Embeds On The Web And In Apps
  • Glucosio helps diabetics track blood sugar
  • Apcera is Integrating Kubernetes into its Cloud Platform

    Apcera has remained among the more interesting companies differentiating themselves in the cloud computing space, as we explored in our recent interview with Apcera SVP of Product and Engineering Neeraj Gupta (shown here). Now, Apcera has announced it will extend its platform to support Kubernetes, which recently moved under the direction of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). The company also announced that Apcera founder and CEO, Derek Collison, has joined the governing board for CNCF.

  • 1btn is a powerful, open source, do-it-all button for the Internet

    What can a simple button do? Amazon’s Dash can re-order houeshold supplies. Domino’s will order you your favorite pizza. The open-source 1btn, on the other hand, is capable of doing a whole lot more.

    1btn won’t be limited to performing a single action. You’ll be able to make it do just about anything you want via an easy-to-use web-based interface. No companion app is required to do it, either. You simply connect a Wi-Fi device to the hotspot that 1btn creates the first time you turn it on, launch a web browser, and point it to the 1btn’s built-in web server.

    Several popular services will be supported out-of-the-box, including Twilio to send SMS messages or emails. You’ll be able to set up URL-based actions like turning connected lights on and off, summon a ride to your front door, or start a pot of tea without putting your entire network at risk.

  • Profitable licensing models could bring more open source solutions to the enterprise

    While companies like Red Hat have managed to make a fortune by offering an open source solution, other open source developers have struggled to monetize what is commonly viewed as “free.” A Fair Source license could be a solution to help developers make money, while still upholding the spirit behind open source code.

  • Two key challenges of using open source in the enterprise [Ed: misses the point. Proprietary software has exactly the same 'challenges' (if not worse)]

    The proliferation of open source technologies, libraries, and frameworks in recent years has greatly contributed to the advancement of software development, increased developer productivity, and to the flexibility and customization of the tools landscape to support different use cases and developers’ preferences.

    To increase productivity and encourage a culture of autonomy and shared ownership you want to enable teams to use their tool(s) of choice. That being said, since the advent of agile development, we see large enterprises wrestle with striking a balance to allow this choice while also retaining a level of management, visibility, and governance over all the technologies used in the software delivery lifecycle. And this problem gets harder over time, because with every passing day new tools are being created and adopted to solve increasingly fine-grained problems in a unique and valuable way.

  • Events

    • Event: OSDC 2016

      Open Source Data Center Conference (OSDC) is a conference on open source software in data centers and huge IT environments and will take place in Berlin/Germany in April 2016. I will give a talk titled “Continuous Integration in Data Centers – Further 3 Years Later” there.

  • Web Browsers

    • Mozilla

      • Everyday Internet Users Can Stand Up for Encryption — Here’s How

        At Mozilla, we believe encryption is critical to the health of the Web. It allows us to live, work and play on a more secure Internet. Encryption helps keep the Internet exceptional.

        Today, encryption is being threatened around the world. More and more governments are proposing policies that would harm user security by weakening encryption. From France to Australia to the UK, these suggested measures would thwart strong encryption for everyday Internet users. And in the U.S., the FBI was asking Apple to undermine the security of its own products.

  • SaaS/Back End

    • Rancher Rolls Out Docker Container Management Platform

      The open-source effort hits general availability, enabling developers to manage and deploy containers.

      Rancher Labs today announced the general availability of its namesake platform Rancher 1.0, which provides tools that enable organizations to easily manage and deploy Docker containers.

    • The OpenStack Schizophrenia

      When I started contributing to OpenStack, almost five years ago, it was a small ecosystem. There were no foundation, a handful of projects and you could understand the code base in a few days.

      Fast forward 2016, and it is a totally different beast. The project grew to no less than 54 teams, each team providing one or more deliverable. For example, the Nova and Swift team each one produces one service and its client, whereas the Telemetry team produces 3 services and 3 different clients.

  • Databases

    • How NoSQL graph databases still usurp relational dynasties

      Despite being assaulted from all sides, the relational model for databases is still the king of the hill and it looks like it will not only survive, but thrive as well.

      NoSQL databases have become increasingly popular and have been offering a number of data and deployment modes that have overcome the limitations – real or imagined – of their SQL cousins.

      NoSQL databases come in a number of guises, but essentially they are designed either to make the life of the programmer easier or to overcome the problem of distributing data at scale.

  • Oracle/Java/LibreOffice

    • Apache OpenOffice Notice on Extensions

      Since 2012 we at SourceForge have been proud partners of the Apache OpenOffice community. We’ve maintained both the Apache OpenOffice Extensions and Templates sites and made sure to spread the word about their latest news and developments.

      It’s been reported that extensions that haven’t been updated in a while are displaying this warning message:

      “This extension was not updated recently. It might not work with latest versions of OpenOffice.”

      For registered users, there’s an additional message that allows them to contact the original author and apply to be a co-maintainer. As co-maintainer they can edit the extension description and create releases.

  • CMS

    • Drupal creator on saving the open web

      Can we save the open web? Dries Buytaert, creator of Drupal, talked to a group during SxSW Interactive about how he began the content management service (CMS) Drupal in his dorm room in 2001. Today, Drupal powers 1 out of 30 websites in the world. Technology has changed a lot from 2001 to 2016. Back in 2001, only 7% of the population had Internet access, there were only 20 million websites, and text messaging was just introduced. So, when we talk about the open web what we’re talking about is people having choice and transparency in their options.

  • Pseudo-Open Source (Openwashing)

  • FSF/FSFE/GNU/SFLC

    • BMW complies with GPL by handing over i3 car code

      BMW has sent Terence Eden a DVD containing GPL-licenced code used in its electric i3 model .

      Why should you care? Because Oxford resident Eden last month inadvertently caused something of a global stir when he pondered the quality of the i3′s software and the security of BMW’s update mechanisms. Along the way he noticed that the i3′s on-board “About” screen mentioned it uses some GPL-licenced code and idly wondered if the auto-maker complies with the licence.

    • All’s Well That Ends Well With The GPL
    • Friday Free Software Directory IRC meetup: April 1st (not a joke)

      While the Free Software Directory has been and continues to be a great resource to the world over the past decade, it has the potential of being a resource of even greater value. But it needs your help!

  • Public Services/Government

    • Study: Organisation’s understanding impacts IT projects

      How much management and staff understand IT has a major influence on public administration’s large IT projects, writes Denmark’s ‘Government IT Project Council’ (Statens IT-projektråd). In its progress report on large IT projects, the Council recommends that public administrations improve project execution and project management competencies.

    • OMB Considering Greater Open Source Push

      OMB has published a draft policy to improve the way custom-developed government code is acquired and distributed by requiring that it be made available for reuse across federal agencies.

    • MIT Media Lab defaults to free & open source software

      MIT Media Lab, that 30-year-old tech innovation factory that has had a huge hand in churning out everything from LEGO MindStorms to the Guitar Hero video game, has now wowed the open source and free software crowd.

      Lab Director Joi Ito over the weekend revealed on the Medium blogging platform that MIT Media Lab has changed its approach to software releases to FLOSS (free/libre/open-source software) by default.

  • Licensing/Legal

  • Openness/Sharing/Collaboration

    • Study: ‘Smart cities need knowledge sharing platforms’

      Sustainable smart cities need to exchange best practices, focus on increasing citizen participation, and allow public and non-public delivery of innovative services. These are three of the policy recommendations in the ‘Smart Sustainable Cities – Reconnaissance Study’, published by the United Nations University in March.

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • Opendesk, cracking the production code for open-source furniture

        Before the Industrial Revolution, if you wanted a new piece of furniture, you’d go to your local carpenter. Today, you’re more likely to buy a chair that’s made of Brazilian wood, designed by a Swede, and manufactured in China than one with even a single locally-produced nail. Enter Opendesk, a furniture company with a global network and local manufacturing model, which might just spark a new revolution in the industry.

  • Programming/Development

Leftovers

  • Health/Nutrition

    • Open source recycling initiative Precious Plastic launches to help users 3D print every type of plastic

      As the 3D printing community consumes vast amounts of plastic on a daily basis, it’s strange that recycling isn’t a more prominent theme in the community. To be sure, our failed prints are hardly responsible for filling the oceans and beaches of the world with non-degradable plastic, but as localized consumers of many different plastics, we could play a huge role in fighting plastic pollution. The only downside: not every plastic is easily 3D printable and recycling equipment is very costly. Fortunately, Dutch open source recycling initiative Precious Plastic has just launched an excellent alternative: they have provided all the blueprints and equipment necessary to set up your own recycling plant and allows you to reuse plastics, either as 3D printable filament or with DIY molding machines.

    • Two New Reports Released on the Current State of US Plastics Recycling
  • Security

  • Defence/Aggression

    • Falklands Nonsense

      Britain shows utter disregard to the right of self determination of the people of Diego Garcia, yet claims it as inalienable for the Falklanders. Evidently it is a vital universal right, except for rather dusky people.

      The corporate media have universally demonstrated their inability to understand any complex situation, in reporting the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf’s determination on Argentina. Here is a quick guide to what really was decided.

    • State Department: Let’s Fight ISIS With the #TeeVee

      No, no, just kidding about Taylor Swift, but the other stuff is sadly, pathetically true.

      To understand this, you need to understand the State Department. The Department is made up of a few old people in senior positions, and lots of young people (“millennials.”) Think of the old people as your sad, old dad after a divorce, bugging you to explain to him stuff like Tindr and Molly that wasn’t around when he was “dating” but now suddenly seems like something he needs to “get down with.”

      So that’s what happens inside State. Old people are told to stop ISIS somehow. They ask the young staffers about this social media gadget they read about in AARP magazine and the young people, none of whom have a rat’s butt worth of overseas knowledge but have lived their whole lives within a media bubble, tells the olds “Let’s do something social media, or make a TV thing we can show on YouTube. We’ll get, like, seriously, a zillion hits. Anti-ISIS will go, literally, viral, you know.”

    • Medea Benjamin and Arnie Gunderson

      Peter and Mickey open the program with a wide-ranging conversation with long-time social justice activist Medea Benjamin; the discussion covers topics from trade deals to drone warfare, as well as her latest project of trying to alert Americans about the human rights abuses committed by US ally Saudi Arabia.

    • Iraq Ranks In Ten Most Corrupt Countries In World, Again

      Iraq, the failed state that over 4,600 (and counting…) Americans died to free from some evil tyrant 13 years ago, is still ranking high internationally in something. Unfortunately, that something is corruption.

      A couple of other places where America has been intervening for freedom also made the list.

      Germany’s Transparency International released its newest corruption index for 2015, and as usual Iraq was on the list. The ten worst countries in its new study were Somalia, North Korea, Afghanistan, Sudan, South Sudan, Angola, Libya, Iraq, Venezuela, and Guinea-Bissau.

  • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

    • After Leading The Attack On Investigative Journalism, President Obama Whines About A Lack Of Investigative Journalism

      But he leaves out his own administration’s actions as a big part of why the job of reporting has “gotten tougher.” While he came into office promising “the most transparent administration in history” and one of his first official actions as President was to tell the entire federal government to default to revealing information in response to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, as we’ve detailed over and over again, the administration has actually been one of the most opaque, setting records for denying FOIA requests, and making it nearly impossible to get any information out of the government without a lawsuit.

      [...]

      And then, of course, there are the criminal lawsuits. The Obama administration has used the Espionage Act against more journalists and leakers than every other President in history combined… and doubled. And, as of two years ago, he had put media leakers in jail for nearly 50 times as long as all other administrations combined.

      That is not supporting investigative reporting. That is threatening and intimidating journalists and their sources. Creating true chilling effects and scaring people away from doing the very work that the President insists the media should be practicing.

      Way back in 2011, I saw Daniel Ellsberg speak, and he speculated that a key reason why President Obama was so incredibly hostile to a free and open press was because he was embarrassed by his own actions that they were investigating. Ellsberg pointed out that the previous president, George W. Bush was known for widely abusing the power of his position, but he seemed proud of doing so. President Obama, on the other hand, got elected with promises of moving away from such abuses and restoring civil liberties. But that didn’t happen. Things went in the other direction under his watch and his command. So you could understand why the President remains less than keen about leaks and the media digging into things like mass surveillance of Americans, or secret drone bombing campaigns.

    • BGA Sues CPD For Failing To Turn Over Video Footage

      Chicago Police Department stonewalls Better Government Association request for video of all fatal shootings by cops over past five years, so BGA takes agency to court.

    • Chicago’s New Era Of Transparency Looks Pretty Much Identical To Its Old Era Of Opacity

      Mayor Rahm Emanuel ushered in a new age of law enforcement/city transparency recently by opening his mouth and saying words to that effect. This followed the city/law enforcement sitting on the recordings of a highly-controversial shooting by police officers for more than a year.

  • Environment/Energy/Wildlife/Nature

    • Sea levels set to rise by more than a metre over next century, claims new research

      Sea levels are set to rise by more than a metre over the next century – more than twice the previous forecast, according to alarming new research.

      The threat posed by rising sea levels is much greater than had been thought because scientists have underestimated the effect of atmospheric global warming on Antarctic ice sheets – having tended to concentrate more on climate change’s role in warming the water than increasing the air temperature.

    • A new study predicts that parts of the ice sheet on western Antarctica may melt faster than scientists had previously figured

      Warmer air, less frigid water and gravity may combine to make parts of Antarctica’s western ice sheet melt far faster than scientists had thought, raising sea levels much more than expected by the end of the century, according to a new study.

      New physics-based computer simulations forecast dramatic increases in melting in the vulnerable western edge of the continent. In a worst case scenario, that could raise sea level in 2100 by 18 to 34 inches (46 to 86 centimeters) more than an international panel of climate scientists predicted just three years ago.

      And even if the countries of the world control heat-trapping gases at the moderate levels they pledged in Paris last year, it would still mean three to 12 inches (8 to 31 centimeters) higher seas than have been forecast thought, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature.

    • Adopting Sustainable Energy to Combat Climate Change

      The U.N. has reported that pollution caused by indoor stoves that use fire, coal, charcoal, or animal waste could account for as many as 4.3 million premature deaths annually. At the January 2016 summit, Ban noted that climate change disproportionately affects women and children, because they are the ones most directly exposed to these stoves and open flames. Furthermore, “It is women and girls who bear the brunt of collecting firewood and fuels,” argues Ban, activities that “limit their work and education opportunities.”

  • Finance

    • Sajid Javid Deliberately Collapsed British Steel

      The banks received state subsidies to the value of £35,000 from every man, woman and child in the UK. Yet it is unquestionable dogma that not even 0.1% of that can be given to aid manufacturing industry. I can think of no legitimate explanation of this duality.

    • Fight for the Future condemns Internet Association’s support for TPP

      Today the Internet Association, a trade group representing major web companies including Google, Twitter, and Facebook, endorsed the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP). Leading digital rights group Fight for the Future launched an online campaign in response, calling for the companies to drop their misguided support, and issued the following statement, which can be attributed to campaign director Evan Greer:

    • US Tech Industry Associations Endorse TPP

      A number of internet and software industry in the United States have come out in support of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiated by the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) last year.

      USTR sent a note to reporters today highlighting the trade associations that have supported TPP. The memo is reprinted below.

    • Ezra Klein and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good Tax Calculator

      Actually, it does no such thing; it’s a gimmick that is entirely useless except as a deceptive advertisement for Hillary Clinton.

  • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

    • How They Brainwash Us — Paul Craig Roberts

      Anyone who pays attention to American “news” can see how “news” is used to control our perceptions in order to ensure public acceptance of the Oligarchy’s agendas.

      For example, Bernie Sanders just won six of seven primaries, in some cases by as much as 70 and 82 percent of the vote, but Sanders’ victories went largely unreported. The reason is obvious. The Oligarchy doesn’t want any sign of Sanders gaining momentum that could threaten Hillary’s lead for the Democratic nomination. Here is FAIR’s take on the media’s ignoring of Sanders’ victories: http://fair.org/home/as-sanders-surges-cable-news-runs-prison-reality-show-jesus-documentary/

      We can observe the same media non-performance in the foreign affairs arena. The Syrian army adided by the Russian air force just liberated Palmyra from ISIS troops that Washington sent to overthrow the Syrian government. Although pretending to be fighting ISIS, Washington and London are silent about this victory on what is supposed to be a common front against the terror group.

  • Censorship/Free Speech

  • Privacy/Surveillance

    • Google has also been asked to unlock stuff for the FBI

      APPLE IS NOT the only firm to be approached by the US authorities under the hoary All Writs Act, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the request has also gone the way of Google.

      Apple has been getting all the attention for defying demands under the All Writs Act in recent weeks, but an ACLU study found that 63 other requests had been directed at Google.

    • The Trouble with Tor

      The Tor Project makes a browser that allows anyone to surf the Internet anonymously. Tor stands for “the onion router” and that describes how the service works. Traffic is routed through a number of relays run across the Internet where each relay only knows the next hop (because each hop is enclosed in a cryptographic envelope), not the ultimate destination, until the traffic gets to the final exit node which connects to the website — like peeling the layers of an onion.

    • Global majority backs a ban on ‘dark net,’ poll says

      The findings, from a poll of at least 1,000 people in each of 24 countries, come as policymakers and technology companies argue over whether digital privacy should be curbed to help regulators and law enforcement more easily thwart hackers and other digital threats.

    • The state has lost control: tech firms now run western politics

      By now, the fact that transatlantic democratic capitalism, once the engine of postwar prosperity, has run into trouble can hardly be denied by anyone with the courage to browse a daily newspaper.

      Hunger, homelessness, toxic chemicals in the water supply, the lack of affordable housing: all these issues are back on the agenda, even in the most prosperous of countries. This appalling decline in living standards was some time in the making – 40 years of neoliberal policies are finally taking their toll – so it shouldn’t come as a shock.

      However, coupled with the spillover effects of wars in the Middle East – first the refugees, now the increasingly regular terrorist attacks in the heart of Europe – our economic and political malaise looks much more ominous. It’s hardly surprising that the insurgent populist forces, on both left and right, have such an easy time bashing the elites. From Flint, Michigan, to Paris, those in power have accomplished such feats of cluelessness and incompetence that they have made Donald Trump look like a superman capable of saving planet Earth.

    • Former NSA deputy director says Edward Snowden lacks courage

      In the first segment of an interview with Chris Inglis, former deputy director of NSA, the Irari Report talks with him about his perceptions of Edward Snowden’s motivations and intentions in committing his acts of espionage. In the video segment, Inglis discusses his impressions of Snowden, and theorizes as to why Snowden left for China, and to where he intended to defect.

      Edward Snowden’s defection occurred during Inglis’ tenure as Deputy Director of NSA, and as such, Inglis was extremely involved in overseeing the investigation incident and mitigation of the resulting damage. Inglis states that Snowden was indiscriminate in his release of information, and is full of rage. When asked to comment on why Snowden has not released any documents about Russian or Chinese domestic surveillance efforts, which are plentiful throughout NSA, and would have been readily available to Snowden while he was at NSA, Inglis stated that Snowden lacks any courage to speak up about any concerns while he might be held accountable.

    • Global majority backs a ban on ‘dark net,’ poll says

      Seven in 10 people say the “dark net” – an anonymous online home to both criminals and activists fearful of government surveillance – should be shut down, according to a global Ipsos poll released on Tuesday.

      The findings, from a poll of at least 1,000 people in each of 24 countries, come as policymakers and technology companies argue over whether digital privacy should be curbed to help regulators and law enforcement more easily thwart hackers and other digital threats.

    • European hearing may limit GCHQ’s powers

      An upcoming European hearing over UK surveillance laws may result in a severe limitation on GCHQ’s powers.

      The Guardian reported yesterday that a European emergency hearing over the legality of such laws would be held for the first time on April 12th.

      In dispute are laws like the incoming Investigatory Powers bills or the 2014 Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (DRIPA), which makes telecommunications providers retain the data of customers for potential later use by security services.

      Both laws are widely condemned by privacy advocates for the violating powers that they grant the forces of national security.

      Tom Watson MP and David Davis MP, leading members of the Labour and Conservative parties respectively, brought a legal challenge against the Home Office last year, over the rushing through of DRIPA. The two MPs claimed that such a law directly conflicted with law which superseded the authority inherent in DRIPA, like the European Union Charter on Human Rights.

    • Protesters interrupt former NSA, CIA director’s lecture at Duquesne University

      Gen. Michael V. Hayden, former director of the National Security Agency and the CIA, said he was not surprised when four young protesters interrupted his remarks Tuesday afternoon at Duquesne University. He has had to make some difficult and controversial decisions in the war on terror.

    • Protesters interrupt former NSA, CIA head’s Duquesne lecture
  • Civil Rights/Policing

    • Congressman Wants To Make Attacking A Cop A Federal ‘Hate’ Crime

      The proposal is also accompanied by a heartfelt “Dear Colleague” letter that talks about cops “holding together the fabric of our nation” and how they’ve been “intimidated” by recent acts of violence. No statistics are cited to back up his insistence that this a real problem that needs to be addressed with legislation… because there aren’t any.

      The National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund’s stats show the number of officers killed in the line of duty has been decreasing over the last several years and appears to have hit a lower plateau of ~120/year for the past four years.

    • UNHRC investigator: Hebron killing has all the signs of an ‘extra judicial execution’

      The Hebron shooting last week was an extrajudicial execution, charged United Nations special rapporteur Christof Heyns on Wednesday, as he weighed in on the controversial incident in which an IDF soldier shot a Palestinian assailant as he lay apparently wounded and immobile on the ground.

    • Why do some Israeli soldiers use unauthorized force?

      An Israeli soldier was detained last week after allegations that he shot and killed a wounded Palestinian man lying incapacitated on the ground. Moments earlier the Palestinian, 21-year-old Abd al-Fatah a-Sharif, along with another man, had allegedly stabbed and injured a soldier in the West Bank city of Hebron. The stabbing is one of the latest in a wave of attacks against Israeli soldiers and civilians in the past six months.

    • Groups Call for France to Investigate IDF Shooter for ‘War Crime’ if Israel Absolves Him

      Human rights groups said Wednesday that France should investigate the French-Israeli soldier filmed shooting a Palestinian attacker in the head and killing him while he lay motionless, if the Israeli justice system fails to convict him.

    • Israeli military chief appeals to soldiers after shooting
    • Why Israel Is Warming Up to The World’s Largest Muslim Country

      Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for the establishment of official diplomatic relations with Indonesia on Monday, as the world’s largest Muslim country continues to look eastwards to boost diplomatic and economic ties.

    • Police Charge Trump Campaign Manager With Battering Reporter, Release Video Evidence

      Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski has been charged with battering then-Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields.

      The incident occurred on March 8. Fields alleged Lewandowski forcibly yanked her after she asked Trump a question. Despite an eyewitness account from a Washington Post reporter corroborating her version of events, Lewandowski denied any involvement with the incident whatsoever and called Fields an “attention seeker.”

    • My daughter was offered a place at an academy – so I’m home-schooling until she can go somewhere I trust

      And I don’t trust academies. Not one bit. I don’t trust any organisation that removes their employees’ right to unionise, or one that no longer values the trained over the untrained. If you don’t respect teaching qualifications, after all, then why should my child respect your teachers?

    • Appeals Court Says Indiana’s Bad Anti-Texting Law Can’t Be Used To Justify Stops Or Searches

      The opinion dismantles the government’s arguments with aplomb, taking apart each assertion made to defend a drug bust predicated on something that doesn’t even approach “reasonable” suspicion. Extending the government’s logic to other possibly illegal acts, the court points out the government’s reliance on this terrible law is woefully misguided. Since the government can’t possibly know how many people looking at their phones while driving are performing illegal acts, it can’t base traffic stops on nothing more than the mere possibility something illegal may be happening.

    • Jean Charles de Menezes: Family of Tube shooting victim lose human rights case

      The family of Jean Charles de Menezes have lost a human rights challenge over the decision not to bring charges against British police marksmen over his death.

      Judges at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled British prosecutors were right not to charge police officers over Brazilian electrician’s fatal shooting in 2005.

      It comes more than a decade after he was mistaken for a suicide bomber and shot dead by police marksmen on a London Tube train.

    • Conductors to shut down rail network in wildcat strike

      Train conductors in Finland will walk off the job on Thursday in protest at the government’s transport policies, causing the cancellation of some 300 long-distance services. The move comes on the heels of the announcement that some 214 jobs could be lost as the state railways company VR looks to cut costs.

    • Passenger train monopoly nears the end of the line, several operators show interest

      Finland’s passenger train traffic is set to open up for competition in 2017, a move that will likely end years of market domination by the state-owned operator VR. The Ministry of Transport and Communications says over ten companies have expressed an interest in the prospect of a market share.

    • ‘We Have Never Ignored Cuba’

      FAIR contributor Adam Johnson noted recently how in this country discussion of US history, and that of its allies, is permitted a certain moral nuance, while official enemies are presented as essentially, unrelievedly evil. So it is with Cuba, where Barack Obama just paid the first visit by a sitting US President in 88 years. Any mention of, say, Cuba sending doctors overseas to help in crisis zones is nullified in elite US debate by the fact that—it’s Cuba! Where Castro lives! Few countries are drawn as cartoonishly, making a clear view of Cuba’s strengths and struggles, along with the meaning of any supposed thaw with the US, harder to come by.

  • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

    • AT&T Follows Comcast’s Lead, Now Charging Users $30 More To Avoid Usage Caps

      Last fall, Comcast added a new wrinkle to its plan to impose arbitrary and unnecessary usage caps on the company’s broadband customers. It began charging users a $30-$35 premium if users wanted to avoid caps, effectively turning the idea of unlimited data into a luxury option many could no longer afford. Caps continue to be a great way to impose price hikes on uncompetitive broadband markets, charge more money for the same service, with the added bonus of both curtailing — and cashing in on — the growing use of Internet video.

    • FCC Commissioner: Gov’t Should Never Interfere In Private Markets…Unless ISPs Have A Chance To Mock Netflix

      As we just got done noting, Netflix recently admitted that it has been throttling the streams it sends to AT&T and Verizon wireless customers in order to lessen the impact of usage caps. While most everybody agrees that Netflix should have been transparent about the practice, most also agree that Netflix — an outspoken opponent of usage caps and supporter of net neutrality — was actually trying to improve the customer experience with the move. As such, no real harm was done, and nobody even noticed that Netflix had been doing it — for five years. Really not much of a story in and of itself.

      But the telecom industry and its allies, outraged by Netflix’s support of net neutrality, opposition to usage caps, and the threat it poses to legacy TV, have been desperately and hysterically trying to paint Netflix’s reveal as some kind of immense gotcha.

    • Romania opens broadband networks to competition

      The Romanian government has approved a draft law aiming to reduce the cost of broadband communication infrastructure. For example, the bill sets tariffs that give competitors access to physical telecommunications infrastructure. The law also defines a single point of information, to be managed by the Agency for Digital Agenda of Romania.

  • DRM

    • Why Won’t W3C Carve Security Research Out Of Its DRM-In-HTML 5 Proposal?

      A few years back, we wrote a few stories about the unfortunate move by the W3C to embrace DRM as a part of the official HTML5 standard. It was doubly disappointing to then see Tim Berners-Lee defending this decision as well. All along this was nothing more than a focus by the legacy content providers to try to hinder perfectly legal uses and competition on the web by baking in damaging DRM systems. Even Mozilla, which held out the longest, eventually admitted that it had no choice but to support DRM, even if it felt bad about doing so.

      There are, of course, many problems with DRM, and baking it directly into HTML5 raises a number of concerns. A major one: since the part of the DMCA (Section 1201) makes it infringing to merely get around any technological protection measure — even if for perfectly legal reasons — it creates massive chilling effects on security research. To try to deal with this, Cory Doctorow and the EFF offered up something of a compromise, asking the W3C to adopt a “non-aggression covenant,” such that the W3C still gets its lame DRM, but that W3C members agree not to go after security researchers.

  • Intellectual Monopolies

    • India, EU Leaders Touch On IPR, Innovation, ICTs, Pharmaceuticals

      The leaders of India and the European Union today in Brussels discussed a wide range of topics including intellectual property rights – including geographical indications – innovation, digital issues, and health and pharmaceuticals.

      But details on what was said were few.

      The 13th EU-India Summit was held on 30 March. The EU was represented by Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission. India was represented by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

    • Trademarks

      • Federal Circuit denies writ of mandamus in Slants case

        Tam, who fronts the Asian-American band The Slants, petitioned the Federal Circuit for a writ of mandamus to instruct the director of the USPTO to publish his application, which the director opposed.

      • CJEU on taser, ahm, tacit prorogation of jurisdiction

        The facts of the case are rather simple. In 2008, Taser International concluded an agreement with the Romanian company Gate 4 which obliged Gate 4 to assign to Taser International the Taser trade marks which Gate 4 had registered, or for which it had applied for registration, in Romania. The agreement contained a clause conferring exclusive jurisdiction on a court in the United States. Gate 4 refused to fulfil its obligations and Taser International sued it before the Tribunalul Bucureşti (District Court, Bucharest). Gate 4, despite the jurisdiction clause, entered an appearance before the Romanian court without challenging its jurisdiction. The Romanian court found for Taser and ordered Gate 4 to execute the formalities necessary to transfer the trade marks.

      • Court Rules Against Lionsgate In TD Ameritrade Suit For Dressing Up Copyright Claim As A Trademark Claim

        Last year, we wrote about a lawsuit Lionsgate Studios had initiated against TD Ameritrade over a throwaway line at the end of one of the latter’s advertising spots. That commercial included the line, “Nobody puts your old 401(k) in the corner,” an imperfect parody of a famous line from Dirty Dancing, the rights for which are owned by Lionsgate. The fact that the ad was no longer running at the time of the lawsuit, nor the fact that Lionsgate was in no way involved in the investment business, failed to keep the studio from claiming this was trademark infringement. The studio even went so far as to hilariously claim that consumers would be confused into thinking that TD Ameritrade either had rights to the movie or was in some way affiliated with Lionsgate Studios.

    • Copyrights

      • Creative Content UK Aims to Re-Educate Book Pirates

        The UK government’s multi-million pound campaign to deter Internet piracy is now hoping to reach out to book fans. A new and rather pleasant video published under the Creative Content UK banner extols the virtues of buying books from genuine sources, but whether it will resonate with the younger generation more used to digital acquisition remains to be seen.

      • Copyright Does Not Protect the Klingon Language, Court Hears

        Paramount Pictures and CBS Studios can’t claim copyright over the Klingon language, Vulcan’s pointy ears, or Phaser weapons, a court heard this week. This defense comes from the makers of crowdfunded Star Trek spin-off ‘Prelude to Axanar’, who were sued over their use of various well-known Star Trek elements.

      • DMCA’s Notice And Takedown Procedure Is A Total Mess, And It’s Mainly Because Of Bogus Automated Takedowns

        Both Congress and the Copyright Office continue to explore possible ways to reform copyright laws, and one area of interest to a lot of people is reforming the whole “notice and takedown” process in the DMCA. The legacy players have been pushing for a ridiculously stupid concept they’re calling “notice and staydown” in which they argue that once there’s a notice for a particular piece of content, a platform needs to proactively block any copies of that content from ever being uploaded again. This is dumb and dangerous for a variety of reasons, starting with the fact that it would place tremendous burdens on smaller players, while locking in the more dominant large platforms that can build or buy systems to handle this. But, even more importantly, copyright infringement is extremely context dependent. The same content may be infringing in one context, while protected fair use in another. But a notice and staydown process would completely wipe out the fair use possibilities, and potentially violate the First Amendment (remember, the Supreme Court itself has declared fair use to be the “safety valve” that allows copyright law to fit with the First Amendment).

      • Nigerian Government Says Country Needs More Jail Time For Pirates And Control Over Content Of Creative Works

        That should make people “respect” copyright more. Put ‘em in jail for violating ethereal rights. Or for contributing to terrorism. Or for making the government look bad. It’s all pretty much interchangeable as far as the government — and the backers of the government’s plan — are concerned. Stiffer penalties have done little to curb piracy elsewhere in the world and are frequently a PR nightmare when imposed. Piracy spread Nollywood’s influence throughout the world and allowed its films to be viewed by residents of other repressive nations whose governments have maintained local control of creative content.

        The minority represented here is hoping to control not only the distribution, but the content, of future creative works. Piracy may be the talking point, but government expansion and increased protectionism are the ultimate goals.

03.30.16

Hope at the End of the Tunnel as More Software Patents Are Squashed in the US

Posted in America, Europe, Patents at 5:41 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Where there’s light there may be justice (unlike at the USPTO, where profit trumps justice)

Hope at the End

Summary: A roundup of patent news regarding software in particular, with concerns about quality control both at the USPTO and the EPO

BEGRUDGINGLY but inevitably the USPTO will need to realign as per the SCOTUS‘ rulings and stop issuing abstract patents on software methods. This is definitely going to upset a lot of patent lawyers, but it’s not them who set the rules (they’re not objective as they have their own motivations, usually just money, not science). Gene Quinn has just gone bonkers again. He wants examiners in patent offices to be replaced (almost) by just a filing system and based on today’s IAM-hosted words of 'wisdom', the EPO may be sinking to Turkish patent standards, or looking for middle ground where there’s a “post-grant opposition system” (grant first, ask questions or sort out the mess later).

“What we have in common here is declining quality control at patent offices.”Based on this new article by Jakob Pade Frederiksen at MIP, the EPO’s “Appeal Board condemns examination delay” (that’s the headline). How about more than 12 years? Consider the following paragraph: “While the recently released EPO performance statistics for 2015 show an increase in the number of grants compared to the previous year and a decrease of backlog of searches by two thirds, delay in examination of pending cases is still of concern to some. A recent appeal decision rendered in the field of computer implemented inventions reveals that excessive examination delays do not amuse the Boards of Appeal. More specifically, in decision T 823/11 rendered in December 2015, Board 3.5.07 has ruled that duration of examination proceedings of more than 12 years must be regarded as excessive and amounts to a substantial procedural violation.”

What we have in common here is declining quality control at patent offices. It’s all about the money! And whose? But at the same time the courts compel the offices to admit their errors. Let’s look at some recent court cases. 2 days ago we mentioned Sequenom, which we had also mentioned last year and in 2014. Sequenom, based on this new report (“Sequenom Asks the Supreme Court to Clarify the Limits on Section 101″), is freaking out after SCOTUS eliminated many abstract patents. Based on this patent lawyer, on the other hand, “US Pat 8,180,858, Survived 101/Alice Attack in Delaware” (words like “Survive” and “Attack” make it sounds like “Alice” is a ruthless warrior rather than SCOTUS fixing patent law). “Prior Stats Were 8/10 Alice Kills,” notes the same patent lawyer, still associating software patents that got invalidated (because they’re bogus) with death. To quote the thing in full: “J. robinson of Dist. Ct. of Delaware Rejected 101/Alice Arguments in 4 decisions issued in past week; Prior Stats Were 8/10 Alice Kills” (meaning, the large majority of them are invalided by Alice when properly challenged in a court of law). One software patent can do a lot of damage in the United States; that is what I told this lawyer regarding this tweet (“US Pat 6,928,433, Apple Paid $100M for Infringing; Asserted Against 7 Others”) as it reminded me of other such Apple cases (the patent owner/assignee is Canadian in this case, just like i4i). All in all, wrote this lawyer, “11% of Patent Reexams Appealed to Beijing IP Ct. Were Reversed; 11% of PTAB Decisions Appealed to Fed. Cir. Have Been Reversed.” We actually consider this patent lawyer to be a “good guy” because he is quite honest and looks at the breadth of things, unlike people who read or write IAM ‘magazine’.

“The USPTO wants no legal challenges because hey, who needs quality control anyway?”In other news of interest, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) has just demolished a gaming patent based on the aforementioned criterion. To quote a lawyers’ site: “Under 35 U.S.C. § 101, patent-eligible subject matter is defined as any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof, with the caveat that laws of nature, natural phenomena, and abstract ideas are not patent eligible. The purpose of the exceptions is to prevent patents from preventing access to “the basic tools of scientific and technological work.” The examiner rejected the claims as directed to patent-ineligible subject matter under 35 USC § 101, taking the position that the claims were directed to an abstract idea as the claims attempted “to claim a new set of rules for playing a card game.””

On the other hand, or by contrast, “Computer Modeling Breast Prosthesis Survives 12(b)(6) § 101 Challenge,” said another site, also one that’s in the patent maximalism fold. Speaking of this fold, Lexology has just reposted two articles that we mentioned here some days ago [1, 2]. They amplify the patent maximalists’ messages (usually patent attorneys). Patently-O has been relatively quiet over Easter, but yesterday we found this update about the USPTO, where patent maximalism is embedded because of profit motives. To quote Patently-O: “The U.S. Government has also filed its responsive merits brief. The brief appears to be a joint effort of the Solicitor General (DOJ) and the USPTO and does a solid job of justifying its positions [...] The PTO is looking for a strong decision in this case to effectively shut-down the myriad challenges it is currently facing.”

“They tell us it’s good because “R&D” or something along those lines, neglecting to point out that a lot of Merck’s funding actually comes from taxpayers and the profits get pumped not into “R&D” (or even marketing) but pocketed by billionaires who own the company or have stakes in it.”The USPTO wants no legal challenges because hey, who needs quality control anyway? A lot patent lawyers (or their clients) just want it the easy way; they want to bombard the system with patents (not applications) and not ever face rejection. Wild West. Now there’s a whole new software ‘industry’ dedicated to fooling patent examiners into accepting bogus applications. That’s just another arms race and the potential gains are big (at someone else’s expense). To give this new example from MIP: “A jury in the Northern District of California has ordered Gilead Sciences to pay $200 million in damages for infringing Merck and Ionis Pharmaceuticals patents for compounds and methods used to develop medicines for the treatment of hepatitis C, including Sovaldi and Harvoni.”

So a massive company, Merck, will get to keep its prices artificially high while destroying a smaller company and taking away its money. They tell us it’s good because “R&D” or something along those lines, neglecting to point out that a lot of Merck’s funding actually comes from taxpayers and the profits get pumped not into “R&D” (or even marketing) but pocketed by billionaires who own the company or have stakes in it. So much for ‘innovation’.

Remember what patent offices were conceived and created for. Have we not lost sight of that?

IAM ‘Magazine’ Cannot Say ‘Patent Trolls’

Posted in Deception, Patents at 4:43 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Maybe the funding from patent trolls has something to do with it…

Baby silence

Summary: Whatever IAM says, it’ll never use the “T” word (trolls) or even acknowledge the existence of them

MR. Wild, editor in chief of IAM ‘magazine’ (basically a Web site), insists that the term patent troll is meaningless, even when given a definition of it from Wikipedia. We can almost empathise because it’s not easy for Wild, whose salary is partly composed of patent trolls’ payments, to acknowledge the problem.

“IAM hides the reality of it pretty well.”According to Wikipedia, Openwave “has changed its name to Unwired Planet” (for what we wrote about Openwave see these search results). It’s essentially a kind of patent troll. This new article from Wild neglects to say that Unwired Planet is basically a patent troll armed by Ericsson in order to do the ‘enforcement’ (extortion) without risking (counter) litigation. It’s the same kind of trick Microsoft uses against the competition, notably GNU/Linux/Android. What we find rather amazing/stunning/remarkable is that while reading IAM in general (as I have done for a few months, almost exhaustively) one can come across a lot of patent trolls and see them all groomed so well — to the point where they seem like legitimate companies. IAM hides the reality of it pretty well.

There are good reasons to boycott Rovi, for example, especially now that it’s going after the competition using software patents and also works with the world’s biggest patent troll (Microsoft’s troll), but one wouldn’t know this based on IAM ‘magazine’. They wouldn’t even call Intellectual Ventures a troll.

“They wouldn’t even call Intellectual Ventures a troll.”On patent trolls in China, to give another new example, IAM says almost nothing with the “T” word; it calls them NPEs to improve their image. Right here one learns about the “threat to Taiwanese companies by US NPEs” (they mean patent trolls). Where is the “T” word? What the author means to say is US patent trolls in Taiwan, including “Microsoft Licensing” (e.g. versus Acer's Linux, based in Taiwan), but with media like this, what are readers going to deduce? To quote a whole paragraph: “Of course, policymakers may simply have concluded that a wait-and-see approach makes more sense than a massive investment in patent aggregation at a time of uncertainty in the patent system – after all, the threat to Taiwanese companies by US NPEs has recently diminished somewhat. If the island does make another effort at setting up an SPF, it may even be advantaged by its late start. As far as I can see, the existing SPFs have largely focused their efforts on acquiring US patents up to this point. Would a fund starting out today pursue the same strategy, given the potential that we might keep seeing more NPE litigation in Europe and less in the US? There are certainly interesting models to study in neighbouring countries, and their public record of successes and stumbles will continue to grow this year.”

“Money on the table always contributes towards corrupting the media, which is why we, for example, issue no call for donations.”What we are trying to show here is that IAM, having accepted money from all sorts of patent trolls, is not telling readers the full story. Money on the table always contributes towards corrupting the media, which is why we, for example, issue no call for donations.

Mr. Wild is trying hard to discredit me in Twitter (using his personal account, not IAM’s), but maybe he should introspect instead and come to grips with what really drives the agenda over at IAM. He oughtn’t just blame the messenger who points this out.

“Maybe this world is another planet`s hell.”

Aldous Huxley

VENUE Act and ITC Reform Still Serve to Distract From Required Reform (Abolishing Software Patents)

Posted in America, Patents at 4:18 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

CCIA logoSummary: More non-solutions to an actual severe (and growing) problem which boils down to low patent quality, notably software patents

The VENUE Act was covered here several times earlier this month and it’s now the word (or term) on many people’s lips, even friends of patent trolls, who in unrelated articles state: “The Venue Equity and Non-Uniformity Elimination Act 2016 would restrict patent suits to district courts where the parties are incorporated or where they have physical facilities tied to either the development of the technology at issue or alleged infringement.”

The VENUE Act, in spite of its catchy name, is not a solution. It’s just an effort to slow down the problem as it increasingly exacerbates, usually in Texas. “VENUE Act aims to lessen ease of filing patent lawsuits in Eastern District of Texas” says the headline of this new article. To quote from it:

A recently proposed bill in the U.S. Senate may be the key to curbing the rampant patent lawsuit abuse in the plaintiff-friendly Eastern District of Texas jurisdiction.

Proposed by Republican Sens. Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Cory Gardner (Colo.) and Mike Lee (Utah), the Venue Equity and Non-Uniformity Elimination Act (VENUE Act) targets a very specific part of the problem with patent abuse known as forum shopping.

“The VENUE Act would make it harder for companies to file a suit in districts that don’t have meaningful connection to the suit,” Daniel Nazer, staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents, told the Southeast Texas Record. “This bill is really about making sure disputes are filed somewhere that makes sense.”

Instead of allowing a patent owner to file wherever they would like, the bill requires an individual to bring a lawsuit in the city where the invention was created or where the company being sued is based or manufactures its product. In other words, small California startups would no longer be sued by a California inventor in the Eastern District of Texas if the VENUE Act was signed into law.

This is not the solution however. Like several ‘reform’ proposals before it, this merely serves to give the illusion that problems are being tackled even when they’re not. Another site, owned by a front group of large corporations to mostly focus on patent trolls, speaks about something called ITC reform, whatever that actually is (a little vague). Matt Levy (CCIA) writes:

The last couple of weeks have seen two good patent bills introduced, first the VENUE Act, and now the Trade Protection Not Troll Protection Act. This bipartisan bill closes loopholes at the International Trade Commission that patent trolls have been exploiting.

The International Trade Commission (ITC) is an agency whose main job is to protect American industries from unfair competition abroad. If a U.S. company thinks another company is importing goods unfairly produced, it can ask the ITC to investigate. If the Commission finds that the importer (called the respondent) has violated the trade laws (which include infringing U.S. patents), it can issue an exclusion order. The order instructs customs to block the products in question at the border.

The ITC handles a fair number of patent cases, because the ability to get an exclusion order is essentially the same as an injunction in district court. And that is where patent trolls come in.

The ITC has many problems, but that doesn’t mean that within the ITC (enforcement by embargo/sanctions) exists a solution to the overall problem, which is low-quality patents (e.g. on software) being granted with virtually no quality assurance. The USPTO increasingly looks like a filing office, not an examination office. We shall deal with that in a later post tonight.

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