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Links 16/8/2021: Linux 5.14 RC6 and PineNote Debut

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • 9to5Linux Weekly Roundup: August 15th, 2021

        This has been a really great week we fantastic releases. We got Debian GNU/Linux 11 “Bullseye” and it looks like everyone out there is thrilled to install it on their machines. Same goes for elementary OS 6 “Odin” which looks stunning for a 2021 Linux-based OS for home and office users.

        On top of that, we got a new and massive update to the Mozilla Thunderbird email, chat, news, and calendar client, major KDE Gear and KDE Frameworks updates, a new Firefox ESR series and stable release, and much more. You can enjoy these and much more in 9to5Linux’s weekly roundup for August 15th, 2021, below!

      • Linux Weekly Roundup #143

        Welcome to this week's Linux Weekly Roundup.

        We had an exciting week in the world of Linux releases with Elementary OS 6.0, Debian 11, Acro Linux 21.09.8, Bluestar Linux 5.13.10.

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • Linux 5.13.11
        I'm announcing the release of the 5.13.11 kernel.

        All users of the 5.13 kernel series must upgrade.

        The updated 5.13.y git tree can be found at: git:// linux-5.13.y and can be browsed at the normal git web browser:


        greg k-h
      • Linux 5.10.59
      • Linux 5.4.141
      • Linux 4.19.204
      • Linux 4.14.244
      • Linux 4.9.280
      • Linux 4.4.281
      • Linux 5.14-rc6
        Another fairly normal week. A little over half is driver fixes
        (networking, sound, gpu, block are the bulk of it, but there's other
        noise in there too), with the other half being the usual mix:
        architecture, filesystems (ceph and cifs), core kernel and networking
        and some documentation fixes.

        Nothing particular stands out to me. Go test, we should be getting pretty close to done with this release...

      • Kernel prepatch 5.14-rc6

        The 5.14-rc5 kernel prepatch is out for testing. "Nothing particular stands out to me. Go test, we should be getting pretty close to done with this release..."

      • Linux 5.14-rc6 Released After Another Good Week - Phoronix

        Linus Torvalds has released Linux 5.14-rc6 as the latest weekly test release of Linux 5.14 that should go gold around the end of August.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • How To Fix “502 Bad Gateway” Error In Nginx

        The 502 Bad Gateway error is an HTTP status code that means that one server received an invalid response from another server. In more technical words, A 502 Bad Gateway means that the proxy (gateway) server wasn’t able to get a valid or any response from the upstream server.

        If you are seeing a 502 bad gateway error on a website, it means that the origin server sent out an invalid response to another server that acted as a gateway or proxy. It can be a tricky investigation to locate what and where is the process which caused the issue. However, there are some general troubleshooting steps that you can follow to get it solved.

        For example, if you use Nginx as the webserver and you encounter this issue, it could be that Nginx is unable to communicate with the upstream server, this upstream server could be PHP-FPM or other application that you want to access through Nginx, like Odoo, NodeJS, etc.

      • How to play The Talos Principle on Linux

        The Talos Principle is a 2014 puzzle game developed by Croteam and published by Devolver Digital. The game centers on a philosophical storyline, where the player completes tasks given to them by a god-like figure. Here’s how to play The Talos Principle on Linux.

      • Linux Fu: The Windows X11 Connection [Ed: It is the being run over by Windows that's difficult. The sooner you dump Windows completely, life gets simpler on many levels.]

        The life of a Linux user can be a bit difficult. Sometimes you have to — or want to — run Windows.

      • Reading env variables from a Tauri App

        “Build smaller, faster, and more secure desktop applications with a web frontend” is the promise made by Tauri. And indeed, it is a great Electron replacement. But being in its first days (the beta has just been released!) a bit of documentation is still missing, and on the internet there aren’t many examples on how to write code.

      • How to install Minetest on Linux Lite 5.4 - Invidious

        In this video, we are looking at how to install Minetest on Linux Lite 5.4.

      • How to install Jetbrains Webstorm 2021 on a Chromebook

        Today we are looking at how to install Jetbrains Webstorm 2021 on a Chromebook. Please follow the video/audio guide as a tutorial where we explain the process step by step and use the commands below.

        Please take note that it comes with a 30-day free trial and afterward it is paid.

      • How to Upgrade to Ubuntu 21.10 Impish Indri Beta from 21.04 - LinuxCapable

        Ubuntu's new incoming short-term release, codenamed Ubuntu Impish Indri 21.10, sees GNOME 40 as the default desktop.

      • How to Install Skype on Rocky Linux 8 [Ed: It is not good advice to install such proprietary software which spies]

        Skype is a proprietary telecommunications application software that is owned and developed by Microsoft. Skype is one of the most known and recognized software for video, audio, and text communication app available across multiple platforms. For the most part, free to download and use, Skype is an excellent tool for keeping in touch with friends or working remotely with colleagues.

      • How to Access Extra Dock Settings in elementary OS 6 - OMG! Ubuntu!

        Today I learnt how to access more Plank dock setting in elementary OS 6, and figured I’d pass the knowledge on.

        A clutch of dock config options can be accessed in elementary OS right from the System Settings > Desktop > Dock & Panel panel. This includes options to change dock icon size, auto-hiding behaviour, and enable pressure reveal.

        But you can access even more dock settings in the distro without needing to install anything extra.

        Ass you probably know the dock app used in elementary OS is Plank. On other distros it is easy to access Plank’s broad array of settings: right-click on the Plank icon (or an empty part of the dock), choose ‘Preferences‘ and away you go.

      • Install EasyRSA (Certificate Authority)-CA on CentOS / RHEL 8 - Unixcop

        Easy-RSA is a utility for managing a PKI CA (Certificate Authority) in addition to X.509 PKI, or Public Key Infrastructure. A PKI is based on the notion of trusting a particular authority to authenticate a remote peer; for more background on how PKI works, see the Intro-To-PKI document.

    • Distributions

      • Reviews

        • Review: EasyNAS 1.0.0 and Solus 4.3

          My fresh copy of EasyNAS booted to a console interface. A welcome message says we can connect to EasyNAS through a web browser by visiting the address "https://:1443". (Note the lack of a domain name or IP address in the URL.) We are then automatically signed in as the admin user. The admin user is not the same as the root user in this instance, they have different user identification numbers and permissions. A menu is then displayed which prompts us to perform an action. The available actions are: reset the admin password, restart the network interface, reset the NAS to its default settings, check for updates, restart, shutdown, and run a shell.

          Resetting the admin password turned out to be awkward. The new password must be complex, long, and not based on a dictionary word. Sometimes what qualified as a "word" was a bit flexible. For instance, the password "wtf123" is rejected because it's "based on a dictionary word", but "wtf123#!" is fine.

          Since it seemed the NAS did not yet have an IP address I tried resetting the network connection. The system appeared to hang for about 20 seconds and then returned to the menu without displaying any status update or asking any questions.

          The menu option to run a shell presents us with a bash prompt. A quick check of the command line environment revealed EasyNAS runs Linux 5.3, uses systemd as its init software, and offers the standard collection of GNU utilities. There are no manual pages included. We can perform actions as the root user by prefixing commands with sudo, otherwise the admin account appears to act like a regular user.

          EasyNAS reportedly had an active Internet connection, but could not find a route to the Internet or perform DNS lookups. The EasyNAS documentation does not appear to address how to configure the network and the openSUSE documentation says to use YaST for configuring network and DHCP options. The YaST tools are not installed on EasyNAS. I then tried the backup method using wicked, which is mentioned in the documentation. I still came away with no valid IP address or route. I had the same result after I tried assigning an IP address using the command line ip command: I could not ping other machines and other computers on the network could not reach the NAS web interface, despite having an active network interface and a manually assigned IP address.

          This experience is in contrast to five years ago when I reviewed EasyNAS 0.6.2. At the time the installer did not have strict hard drive size requirements, IP addresses were assigned easily from the console menu, and it was painless to connect to the web portal remotely. With EasyNAS 1.0.0 these things did not work and every time I rebooted the operating system EasyNAS would fail to load properly, dropping the user to a rescue console. Rebooting a second time always worked to bring up the usual console menu.

          EasyNAS five years ago was not a mature project; it had limited functionality. However, it worked and provided some simple storage options. Version 1.0.0 barely installs and has a number of issues relating to password reset, minimum requirements, and networking.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Good bye Red Hat

          Over 6 years ago I joined Red Hat. For me it was a huge step – going from a small SI to a large software vendor, moving to a dedicated pre-sales role (“Solution Architect”) in a larger team, and so on.

          And I learned a lot. Like, A LOT. About how such a large enterprise is run, how a huge software vendor operates, but with the changing landscape in customers also how customers of certain sizes and in certain industries work. At the same time I learned a lot about how the sales process of a software vendor works, what a role a pre-sales engineer can take (and what not), and how good sales teams work. I was not without success in that role.

      • Debian Family

        • Debian 11 'Bullseye' Released As Stable

          "One of the oldest and most renowned distributions of Linux has been released!" âwrites Slashdot reader Washuu2. Phoronix reports it took "just over two years in development."

        • DOOM on a desk phone, and much MORE

          Even the cheapest burner smartphones nowadays are expected to have a multi-core processor, at least a gigabyte of RAM, and a Linux-based operating system. However, such specifications are definitely superfluous for an old-school POTS desktop phone. That’s exactly what we thought. Then [Josh Max] wrote to to tell about his CaptionCall hacking experiences, and we’re excited to see what the community can achieve with root access on such a powerful Linux phone.

          The CaptionCall is a desk phone with an LCD above the keypad that displays real-time captions, as the name implies. Anyone with a hearing loss in the United States can acquire one of these phones for free from the government, therefore they sell for dirt cheap on the secondhand market. At the very least, they did. Then [Josh] had to crack the root password for the ARMv7 i.MX6-powered phone, poke around within its 4 GB of onboard NAND, and get it running DOOM.

        • Debian 11 "bullseye" stable release is finally out, brings exFAT support and more

          The Debian Project earlier today released the first stable version of the Debian 11 (codenamed "bullseye") Linux distribution, succeeding the earlier Debian 10 (buster) release. Work on the newly released distro has been going on for quite some time and the Debian team promises the new OS would be supported till 2026.

          Debian is always touted by its makers as "The Universal Operating System" and to stay true to it, Debian 11 is releasing across nine architectures. The supported architectures are given below with links to their corresponding Debian 11 changes:

    • Devices/Embedded

      • PineNote is a community supported 10.3-inch e-Reader based on Rockchip RK3566 SoC - CNX Software

        We’ve covered several e-readers in the past, but the PineNote 10.3-inch e-reader will be a bit different, as the hardware & software will be entirely developed by the community like other Pine64 platforms such as Pinebook Pro, PineCone, Rock64 single board computer, etc…

        Based on the Rockchip RK3566 quad-core Cortex-A55 processor, PineNote will be one of the fastest e-readers on the market, and leverage the code already written for Quartz64 single board computer, including mainline Linux support.

      • Pine64 announces $399 e-reader with Linux and pen support
        Hong Kong-based Pine64 has been selling single-board computers for years, but it might be best known for the PinePhone and PineBook Pro, some of the best ARM-powered Linux devices available right now. Now the company is branching out into e-readers, with the announcement of the PineNote — an e-ink Linux tablet with pen support and a price tag of $399.

        “You’ve been asking us to create an e-ink device for years, and indeed we actually looked to make one as early as 2017,” the company wrote in a blog post. “Big brands heavily subsidize their e-readers via book sales and even if we sold an open e-reader at cost (or a loss), we still couldn’t possibly match popular devices’ price tag. Thankfully, the technology landscape and what is achievable using e-ink has significantly changed since 2017. Since the announcement of Rockchip’s RK3566 we knew our opportunity to create an open e-ink device had arrived. Early this year we made the decision to create the PineNote.”

      • Pine64 news roundup: PinePhone Keyboard goes on sale in September, Ubuntu Touch 20.04 is coming, and visual voicemail arrives

        The PinePhone Keyboard is an accessory that essentially turns Pine64’s inexpensive Linux smartphone into a tiny Linux laptop. It’s been under development since last year, and you’ll be able to order one soon – Pine64 has announced that the hardware and firmware has been finalized, and the PinePhone Keyboard will go on sale in late September, 2021.

        That’s just one of several PinePhone-related news items included in Pine64’s latest monthly update. Here are some of the highlights.

      • PineNote is a $399 E-ink Tablet that Runs Linux

        Pine64, the company behind the Pinebook Pro and the PinePhone, have announced a new device: an e-ink tablet.

        The developer-focused hardware company say the upcoming PineNote “is one of, if not the, most powerful e-ink device available on the market”. It could serve as an open-source alternative to pricier e-ink tablets like the Remarkable 2 and the Onyx BOOX.

        The PineNote has a 10.1-inch e-ink panel with a 60Hz refresh rate, a resolution of 1404×1872, and the ability to display 16 levels of greyscale. The e-ink panel is covered by scratch resistant and glare reducing

      • Introducing The PineNote – An E-Ink Digital Companion

        When it comes to getting premium privacy-focused e-ink devices in the hardware ecosystem there are few reputable choices. As the host of Hardware Addicts podcast where we cover the latest hardware technologies, there is a clear lack of solutions we’ve felt comfortable recommending. As an example, personally, I’ve resorted to using a microwavable notebook with a special heat erasing ink to take my notes; I also use a second device to handle document and ebook reading. Thankfully, Pine64 has heard our pain and offered us a solution. Gone are the days of hunting for a note-taking device that will keep my notes off the cloud. Gone are the days of needing a separate e-ink based document and book reader; all thanks to Pine64’s latest product the PineNote I can have both in one device. What makes this e-ink device even more interesting is that it’s capable of doing even more.

      • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • What Is the Fediverse and Can It Decentralize the Web?

        With people increasingly aware of the power a handful of companies have amassed through the centralized nature of the modern web, many are now turning to a decentralized alternative: the Fediverse. Does this name ring a bell? For most people, probably not. But there is a growing chance you have interacted with it.

        The Fediverse may just be the way for you to exercise control over your data and your online life.

      • free software does not come with any guarantees of support

        Other free software licenses, such as the BSD license, and Apache 2.0 license also have a similar clause. While maintainers might offer to provide support for free, or perhaps offer a support agreement for a fee, free software is ultimately what you make of it, for better or worse.

        By integrating anti-features such as direct messages into software development forges like the proposed GitHub feature, the developers of these forges will inevitably be responsible for an onslaught of abusive messages directed at free software maintainers, which ultimately will serve to act as a Denial of Service on our time. And, most likely, this abuse will be targeted more frequently at maintainers who are women, or people of color.

        I urge the developers of software development forges to respect the labor donated to the commons by free software maintainers, by developing features which respect their agency, rather than features that will ultimately lead abusive users to believe maintainers are available at their beck and call.

        Otherwise, the developers of these forges may find projects going to a platform that does respect them.

      • The Best 15 Open-source Self-hosted Google Analytics Alternatives For 2021

        Running a business without a website nowadays is like trying to climb the Kilimanjaro with a pair of flip-flops, but running a website without looking g at statistics is as useful as being in a submarine without a sonar you have no idea where you are going.


        Plausible self-hosted is an open-source website analytics tool for privacy-conscious site owners to a data-grabbing machine for surveillance capitalism.

        It is used by more than 4,000+ subscribers to deliver their website and business, it has many scripts that are 45 times smaller than Google Analytics that keeps your site speed fast.

        It is free analytics self-hosted solution released under the AGPL-3.0 license.

      • SaaS/Back End/Databases

        • PostgreSQL Weekly News - August 15, 2021

          Security releases 13.4, 12.8, 11.13, 10.18, 9.6.23, and 14 Beta 3 released Please upgrade ASAP. The 9.6 series will stop getting fixes on November 11, 2021. Plan major version upgrades now.

  • Leftovers

    • Hardware

      • ZTE eyes top 5 global server market share ● The Register

        Amid the explosive growth of global data volume in the era of multi-cloud and edge computing, server and storage products (SSPs) have formed the core element affecting the development of digital economy.

        A new generation of IT equipment is required to achieve powerful data processing capabilities, smarter improved operations and maintenance (O&M), and a simpler deployment method. As the infrastructure platform of enterprise IT systems, servers need to undertake the important tasks of responding to a large number of service requests and processing services.

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Pseudo-Open Source

          • Openwashing

            • Open Social Innovation

              For more than a year, the COVID-19 pandemic has presented a societal challenge: It affects us all, but it affects us differently. Like other societal challenges, such as the climate crisis, economic inequality, and racial injustice, it magnifies old and new social problems and brutally exposes weaknesses in our systems.

              How can we make progress on these challenges and at the same time reinvigorate and modernize the institutional infrastructure of society? What we need are pragmatic, flexible, and scalable approaches. However, the practice of social innovation seems stuck in a paradigm with distinct divisions of labor between the state and public sectors, civil society, social enterprises, and businesses.

              We believe that social innovation needs a makeover.

              It is time to move beyond thinking of heroic individuals, the state, civil society, or business as singular agents of social change. Rather, we need to experiment with social innovation based on collective action facilitated by digital technology. Forging alliances, building multistakeholder networks, or adopting collective-impact formats where various actors—industry, NGOs, and governments—collaborate are steps in this direction.1

            • United Electronic Industries announces solutions stack aligned with the Open Group FACE technical standard | Aerospace Testing International

              United Electronic Industries (UEI) has released an integrated avionics solution stack aligned with the Open Group Future Airborne Capability Environment standard.

          • Privatisation/Privateering

            • Linux Foundation

              • Tech giants throw weight behind open-source eBPF to make IT infrastructure more intelligent

                A group of big tech firms is backing a new open-source software effort that aims to make the Linux operating system kernel more programmable.

                Announced today, the move promises to help information technology infrastructure become more intelligent, scalable and feature-rich without adding any complexity. The likes of Google LLC, Facebook Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Netflix Inc. said they’re throwing their weight behind the eBPF Foundation, which will henceforth come under the governance of the Linux Foundation.

                The new open-source technology makes it possible for developers to safely and efficiently embed and run sandboxed programs in any kind of software, including the operating system kernel. In Linux, Windows and other operating systems, the kernel is what sits at the core and has complete control over everything in the system, facilitating interactions between hardware and software components.

        • Security

    • Monopolies

      • Patents

        • Neurim v Mylan: Take Two [Ed: Marks & Clerk, an overzealous and corrupt litigation firm, trying to dominate "the news" in this case]

          Mylan says the case is not so straightforward and has, in any event, applied to stay the action pending its opposition at the EPO (that application for a stay is to be heard in October 2021).

          The issues ventilated at the hearing of the application are relatively complex (inevitably given the convoluted history of this dispute). Mylan correctly argued that the circumstances do not present a set of preliminary issues which will necessarily be decisive because they are not purely questions of law. However, ultimately, Mr Justice Mellor sided with Neurim and ruled “that it is just and right that Neurim should be afforded the opportunity to establish its patent right by way of a trial of preliminary issues – this being the only realistic way in which Neurim can hope to secure injunctive relief before expiry of EP443”.

          Further, expedition was permitted even though Mylan are unlikely to be able to use their chosen lead counsel and over the summer costs might be wasted by preparing for a trial which is ultimately stayed (if Mylan is successful on their application for a stay pending a decision by the EPO).

        • Robots are taking over the patent world – AI systems or devices can be "inventors" under the Australian Patents Act - Knowledge - Clayton Utz [Ed: No, the only thing that's taking over the world is foolish judges who are misled by buzzwords like "Hey Hi" and clearly don't understand the patent system]

          A historic Federal Court decision says an artificial intelligence system is capable of being named as an "inventor" under the Patents Act 1990 (Cth), with potentially significant ramifications for technological innovation and the patent system in Australia.

        • Chemical Patents – How to Get the Protection You Want in Europe Part 2: Supporting the Invention [Ed: The EPC has been abolished by the thugs and criminals who run today's EPO, but litigation giants won't tell you that because they benefit from this corruption]

          As those familiar with the patent granting process will know, a European patent is obtained via the European Patent Office (EPO). For a European patent to be granted, it has to meet a series of requirements set by the European Patent Convention (EPC). At least in some respects, the EPC’s requirements are considered stricter than for many other jurisdictions, and patent applications drafted and prosecuted without an eye on its quirks can run into trouble – sometimes fatal trouble.

          The patenting process should be collaborative. A good invention may fall short of a patent if poorly drafted and prosecuted. Likewise, even a great patent attorney will struggle to make a silk purse from a sow’s ear. So how can a patent applicant get the patent monopoly they want in Europe? Our attorneys at Gill Jennings & Every have extensive experience of handling applications in the chemical field during examination, as well as in opposition and appeal proceedings before the EPO. Across a three-part series, we look at how our experience can help in the preparation of your patent applications and how to avoid the pitfalls of the EPC. For Part 1, see here. In this second instalment, we will look at what kind of evidence and data are required to ensure your patent will be considered inventive.

        • Australian federal court rules that AI can be a patent inventor [Ed: Next up for Australian kangaroo courts: allowing patents to be granted and assigned to kangaroos, ants, and germs]

          In a possible world-first decision, an Australian court has ruled that artificial intelligence can be named as the inventor of a patent.

        • Patent Post-Filing Data Submission: A Look at Differences between Taiwan and China [Ed: How to sell you the same patents two times over, using different jurisdictions]

          【Volume 54】The determination of technical effects is critical for deciding whether the corresponding technical means are inventive. In order to overcome obviousness, applicants often resort to post-filing data submission in hopes of proving that the claimed technical means produce unexpected results compared with prior art. Therefore, whether the data submitted after the date of filing is acceptable in different jurisdictions has a decisive sway over the determination on inventiveness.

          A comparative analysis on the regulations in Taiwan and China are provided below, followed by our suggestions for those navigating the patent landscape in these jurisdictions. It is also worth noticing what the relaxed regulations set out in China’s new version Examination Guidelines since January 2021 may bring.

        • Optinose Reports Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results and Recent Operational Highlights [Ed: A festival designed to distract from EPO crimes is now being exploited as corporate marketing; in the past this enables major fraud like Theranos]

          In June, Dr. Per Djupesland, co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Optinose AS, received the European Inventor Award 2021 in the Industry category from the European Patent Office (EPO) for his invention of the technology that serves as a basis for Optinose Exhalation Delivery System (EDSâ„¢) devices.

          The European Inventor Award was launched by the EPO in 2006. The finalists and winners are selected by an independent body consisting of international authorities from the fields of business, politics, science, academia and research who examine the proposals for their contribution towards technical progress, social development, economic prosperity and job creation in Europe. The Award is conferred in five categories (Industry, Research, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, Non-EPO countries and Lifetime achievement). In addition, the public selects the winner of the Popular Prize from among the 15 finalists through online voting.

        • A Needed Boost For Innovation In The UK? [Ed: A hugely corrupt firm, Marks & Clerk, conflating patents with innovation while citing EPO data]

          Whilst the UK is well known for scientific developments and has an international reputation for scientific research, data provided by the EPO suggests that UK-based companies are currently lagging behind in terms of protecting new ideas. Figure 1 shows that the UK currently ranks in 9th place behind the US, Japan, China, Korea and several European counterparts, including France and Germany. Notably, the filing numbers for most of the top ten countries are generally flat over the past decade, with the exception of the US, China, and South Korea. This may be an indication that Europe, including the UK, is falling behind other major jurisdictions.

        • Potential EPO enlarged board of appeal referral: post-published data to support inventive step? [Ed: Another new referral to a rigged and corrupted court that is basically ruled by gangsters who shamelessly break all the laws?]

          In a likely referral to the EPO’s Enlarged Board of Appeal (the EPO’s highest legal authority), the Enlarged Board may be asked to consider the question of whether data generated after the filing date of a patent application (“post-published” data) can be used as the sole basis for proving inventive step.

          The issue of whether post-published data can be used to demonstrated inventive step before the EPO has been a controversial one for many years. This issue originated with Board of Appeal decision T1329/04, in which the Board ruled that the technical effect underlying inventive step must be “plausible” from the patent application as filed: if the effect was not considered plausible, post-published data could not be relied upon as the sole basis for inventive step. Other, later, Board decisions beginning with T0578/06, took a more liberal view and required “plausibility” in the application as filed only when there were substantiated reasons to doubt the alleged technical effect. “Plausibility” is not a criterion for patentability in its own right, but a threshold which must be reached in order for post-published data to be admissible.

        • Broad Files Substantive Preliminary Motion No. 3 in CRISPR Interference [Ed: Nuts and cranks who insist that life and nature too should be patented, in effect monopolised by few human beings with mess about and create a mess]

          On May 28th, Junior Party the Broad Institute, Harvard University, and MIT (collectively, "Broad") filed its Substantive Preliminary Motion No. 3 in CRISPR Interference No. 106,126 (where ToolGen is the Senior Party). This motion, pursuant to 37 C.F.R. ۤۤ 41.121(a)(1)(iii) and 41.208(a)(1) requests that the Board de-designate Broad claims in these five categories as not corresponding to either Count 1 or proposed Count 2 (A-E) or Count 1 (F)...

        • Albright Broadly Greenlights WDTX Deadline Extensions [Ed: The very notorious judge who thinks he's the CEO of a corporation and that the court is a for-profit company whose goal should be to lower patent bars for litigation 'business']

          Attorneys hoping for deadline extensions from U.S. District Judge Alan Albright no longer need to get his permission, according to a new standing order.

          The Western District of Texas judge on Wednesday said parties now just have to file a notice informing the court they need more time to meet a deadline rather than requesting an extension. This only counts in instances where the extension is unopposed and does not apply to hearing or trial dates, or "any final submission" for a hearing.

        • OPPO patents vein unlocking tech for its wearable devices [E: Taking biometric surveillance to new depths and seeking monopolies on that]

          Beijing: Smartphone maker OPPO has recently been granted a patent for a new technology that could be used in its future wearable devices.

          The company has patented a vein unlocking tech, which is likely a form of a biometric security system, GizmoChina reported on Friday.

          The new technology has a patent number of CN110298944B and describes a "Venous Unlocking Method and Vein Unlocking Device." Oppo had applied for this patent back in 2019, which was only recently granted. As per the description, the patent is for a vein unlocking technology.

        • Patent Ownership and No Opinion Judgments[Ed: Patents are not ownership and Dennis Crouch as a lecturer would know it, but he's taking kick-backs from patent litigation firms which sell lies and mislead legislators; Crouch continues to moan about non-scandals to obstruct justice]

          In BobCar Media v. Aardvark, the patentee (BobCar) sued Aardvark for infringing its utility and design patents as well as its trade dress related to mobile showroom services. The patentee lost on a motion to dismiss with the district court holding that BobCar had not proven its ownership rights. No ownership => no standing to sue.


          BobCar has now filed a petition for writ of certiorari — focusing particularly on the issue no-opinion judgments as a matter of due process and appellate procedure.

        • Patents, Lock-In and Negative Innovation [Ed: What does one expect Dennis Crouch, funded by patent litigation firms, to say about assertions that patents harm innovation in many areas?]

          We recently highlighted a WaPo editorial by Prof. Robin Feldman. Feldman has also just published a short article in Nature Biotechnology titled Negative Innovation: When Patents are Bad for Patients. (Co-authored with Profs. Nicholson Price (Michigan Law), David Hyman (Georgetown Law), and Mark Ratain (Chicago Med)).

        • Australian Judge Makes Bold Patent Leap For AI Inventions [Ed: Dumb judges who make Australia seem incredible stupid]

          An Australian federal judge on Friday became the first jurist in the world to rule that inventions developed by artificial intelligence can qualify for patent protection, a decision that splits with how courts in the U.K. and U.S. have handled the issue.

          The ruling from the Federal Court of Australia reversed a finding from the country's patent office, which rejected a patent application from Stephen Thaler, a researcher who runs a Missouri company called Imagination Engines and invented a "device for the autonomous bootstrapping of unified sentience," called DABUS.

        • Enlarged Board Of Appeal To Consider The Doctrine Of Plausibility [Ed: Of course this author, who works for a giant litigation firm, won't tell readers (clients) that the Enlarged Board Of Appeal is a compromised, rigged court that's controlled by criminals]

          It is fairly common at the EPO in the fields of chemistry and biotechnology for applicants/patentees to rely upon data that are not present in the application as filed, and that were generated after the priority/filing date, to support arguments in favour of inventive step. Such data are often referred to as "post-published data". They are often used to evidence some technical advantage associated with the claimed invention, as compared with disclosures in the prior art, and so define the "objective technical problem" solved by the claimed invention as that of providing an improved product or process.

        • Necessity the mother of invention? [Ed: British sites hijacked by law firms that lie about patents for personal gain. Imagine oil companies writing to explain to you climate change... Patent systems never looked this awful. Patents on CVID-19 leave millions of people to die needlessly and now they try to tell us that giving monopolies to bots is acceptable.]

          Patents have been in the news a lot recently, mostly in predictable ways. Intellectual property that prima facie monopolises life-saving medicine is never popular, because it will be seen as raising prices and limiting access.

          Patent Attorney Andy Bentham of J A Kemp in Cambridge looks back over patenting in the pandemic so far.

          Calls for a “patent waiver” of some sort were therefore inevitable based on past experience in relation to HIV drug access in Africa and breast cancer diagnostics worldwide, and the ever-present concern about the price of sophisticated treatments such as gene therapies.

        • Reflections of two years covering intellectual property [Ed: A hired gun and liar of Team UPC, Charlotte Kilpatrick, is stepping down. Lying isn't easy when people call you out on it. Tons of people have left Managing IP' in recent years because being megaphones of EPO crooks and UPC liars isn't emotionally settling.]

          I still remember that first phone call when the editor rang to tell me I got the job. His voice sounded consolatory because he wasn’t offering me the role I had applied for, which was in finance, but one in intellectual property instead – patents, to be specific.

        • AIPLA Quarterly Journal Editorial Board [Ed: Dennis Crouch, with money in his pocket from patent litigation firm, promotes patent extremism and the front group; academia too is being severely compromised by these lobbyists and lawyers]

        • Patent Docs: MBHB PTAB Practice Update [Ed: When patent blogs become shameless self-promotion for those who run them and also pay Dennis Crouch for his shilling in Patently-O]

          McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP will be offering a live webinar entitled "A Year in Review: PTAB Practice Updates, the Impact of COVID, and Lessons Learned Along the Way" on August 17, 2021 from 10:00 am to 11:15 am (CT). In this presentation, MBHB attorneys James Lovsin and George "Trey" Lyons, III will examine four key topics that should be at the forefront of every PTAB practitioner's focus this year...

        • German legislation for ratification Unified Patent Court Agreement enters into force [Ed: It certainly looks like Bristows is still manipulating Kluwer Patent Blog (it says "According to a Bristows report") for its Team UPC propaganda; UPC cannot come into force because UK is out...]

          The legislation which enables Germany to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement has entered into force. It was published in the Federal Law Gazette on Thursday 12 August 2021 and came into force a day later.

        • NHK-Fintiv at the Supreme Court

          I recently wrote about Apple’s pending petition to the Supreme Court on the NHK-Fintiv Rule. Now Mylan Labs has followed up with an additional petition focusing on the same issues...

        • Green Globe Intl. Signs LOI to Acquire Patent to Make Marijuana Paper [Ed: Great idea. More monopolies for narcotics. Maybe they'll start arresting people over patents instead of drug use and lawyers will line their pockets.]

          Green Globe International, Inc. (OTC Pink: GGII), the leading herb and hemp CBD cigarette manufacturer, in their mission of Disrupting TobaccoTM, today announced it has signed a letter of intent to acquire the patent to manufacture the world's first ever paper made entirely of marijuana. GGII intends on licensing the patent to cannabis companies to make marijuana rolling paper, marijuana wraps, and machine-made marijuana cigarettes.

          Earlier this year, GGII announced their new Cannabis initiative to further their mission of disrupting tobacco. The planned marijuana paper patent acquisition is the first link in the cannabis initiative chain. With this patent filed in 2015, GGII will own the exclusivity to make paper from marijuana for any purpose and for any use. GGII is primarily interested in making marijuana paper for rolling smokables, for manufacturing machine made marijuana cigarettes, and for flavored marijuana blunt wraps. GGII plans on license the marijuana cigarette technology all over the USA at a state-by-state basis, along with the manufacturing intellectual property to manufacture the marijuana paper. For international markets, GGII plans on licensing the technology country by country, starting with Canada.

        • Editorial: Patent intelligence [Ed: Still promoting the totally inane and dangerous idea that bots should be given monopolies over people]

          At first glance, a recently granted South African patent relating to a food container based on fractal geometry seems fairly mundane.

          The innovation in question involves interlocking food containers that are easy for robots to grasp and stack. On closer inspection, the patent is anything but mundane. That’s because the inventor is not a human being it is an artificial intelligence (AI) system called DABUS, says Meshandren Naidoo, PhD Fellow and LexisNexis Legal Content Researcher and Editor, University of KwaZulu-Natal, in an The Conversation article.

        • Performance reviews: how to get the most from an IP team [Ed: There is no such thing as "IP teams" because "IP" is a misleading misnomer and this 'article' is filed under "Patents" so they very well it; patents are not property]

          IP department directors share advice on how to evaluate performance and initiate impactful conversations with employees

        • Software Patents

      • Trademarks

        • USPTO moves to trademark own name [Ed: USPTO trademarks USPTO. The recursiveness of this whole system has become a political masturbation, justifying itself by itself

          The USPTO is seeking to trademark its own name and logo in an effort to curtail bad actors trying to pass themselves off as the office, it was announced last week.

          Commissioner for trademarks David Gooder wrote on Thursday, August 5, that there had been “a rapid increase in sophistication of those unlawfully passing themselves off as the USPTO”, with scammers impersonating the agency to request illegitimate fees.

          By applying for federal registration of the office’s name and logo, he said, the USPTO hoped to curb these scammers and bring an end to the unlawful practice.

          The application was filed on Wednesday, August 4, by the Department of Commerce.

          “We recognise the intrigue and irony of filing for federal registration of the USPTO marks with the USPTO,” Gooder wrote. “It’s a big reason why the Department of Commerce is filing the application on our behalf, just as it has for its other bureaus.”

          Gooder said the USPTO had already taken several steps to protect trademark applicants from being victimised by opportunists, including alerting users to known scammers by posting a list on the USPTO website and working with law enforcement when appropriate.

        • European Wax Center’s Win Over Confusing Domain Names Affirmed

          The domain names “” and “” are similar enough to European Wax Center’s trademark on its name to confuse consumers, the Eleventh Circuit affirmed.

          Bryan Boigris appealed a U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida ruling that he violated the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act when he registered the domain names on

      • Copyrights

        • AI authorship: where do we go from here? [Ed: Oh, gosh. Will they ever stop calling every computer program "Hey Hi" for hype factor's sake?]

          Counsel share their take on India’s recognition of AI as a copyright co-author – and what comes next

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