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With IBM Funding, Microsoft Software Patents Are Targeted by Peer To Patent

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Summary: IBM uses voluntary peer review to annotate software patents

EVERY NOW and then we receive mail from Peer To Patent, which is an initiative whose method we disagree with because it helps legitimise software patents rather than just abolish the whole lot. Peer To Patent has come back to life recently, owing to IBM's financial support [1, 2] (IBM is part of the problem, not the real solution to it). That said, IBM does strive to defend Linux from Microsoft et al. and OIN is just one example of that. Based on the latest message from Peer To Patent, they might be trying to force re-examination (and invalidation) of the following patents, mostly Microsoft's:



New Technologies on Peer To Patent



With just over a month into the third pilot program, Peer To Patent is moving into technologies outside of computer software and business methods. A major aspect of this third iteration of Peer To Patent is to test its efficacy in various fields. For the first time, Voice/Speech Recognition and Organic Compounds patent applications have been added to the Peer To Patent application list. This is our opportunity to improve patent quality in a multitude of technologies! Please take this chance to participate by tagging these applications, contributing to discussions, submitting prior art, or even sharing research tips.

Class 704- Data Processing

Transcription, archiving and threading of voice communications (Microsoft)

Maximum entropy model with continuous features (Microsoft)

Feature compensation approach to robust speech recognition (Microsoft)

Adaptive pattern learning for bilingual data mining (Microsoft)

Class 544- Organic Compounds

Method of preparing cyclic carbonates, cyclic carbamates, cyclic ureas, cyclic thiocarbonates, cyclic thiocarbamates and cyclic dithiocarbonates (IBM)

We thank you for all of your support!

Your Peer To Patent Team

www.peertopatent.org


The approach taken here can help further validate the patents above. Surely there's a better way than Peer To Patent's and OIN's. As Carlo Piana put it, "the *only* solution is abolition NOW" (more on the situation in Europe later).

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