Links 27/12/2021: PostgreSQL-Related Project Releases, Microsoft’s Patent Trolls Still Suing the Whole World

Posted in News Roundup at 1:27 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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… Patents sues Toyota, Subaru, BlackBerry over patent on software updates [Ed: Microsoft’s patent troll still attacks the entire world]

When Intellectual Ventures predicted an “IP reckoning” for the automotive industry, it presumably had its enforcement action against General Motors, Toyota, and Honda (Eastern District of Texas) already prepared. Meanwhile, Sivel v. Ford and especially Acer v. Volkswagen have drawn even more interest in the automotive patent litigation arena. …


Trolling Community Developers of GNU/Linux Via Patent Trolls — Part IV: GPL Violators Apparently Use Patents to Bully People Aware of These Violations

Posted in Deception, Europe, Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, GPL, Patents at 6:51 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary : Software patents and other ludicrous patents are being used as tools of extortion and blackmail not just for financial gain but also coercive power, including (apparently) efforts to silence critics and exposers

T HIS is the final part of a series that we started early in the month (see Part I , Part II , and Part III ). Some more background information was published …


Trolling Community Developers of GNU/Linux Via Patent Trolls — Part III: The Technical and Legal Burden as Weapon Against the Community

Posted in Deception, Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, Google, IBM, Patents, Red Hat at 6:17 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link


Summary : Community-led and Free software-based GNU/Linux distributions (“distros”) are under attack from software patents; the monopoly wannabes of GNU/Linux (companies like IBM) contribute to the problem with their awful and self-serving patent policies

T ODAY we continue a …


Trolling Community Developers of GNU/Linux Via Patent Trolls — Part II: Monopolies, Patents, and Their GPL Violations

Posted in GNU/Linux, GPL, Law at 8:39 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Respect our patents, say those who infringe copyright law

Summary : The introductory part (first of this series, Part I ) explained the problem at hand; today we look at one particular aspect of the problem, namely GPL violations and cover-up

T HERE is a story with a twist or a tinge of hypocrisy, as mentioned in passing last year [ 1 , 2 ]. As readers are likely aware by now …


Trolling Community Developers of GNU/Linux Via Patent Trolls — Part I: The Big Corporations Are Largely Culpable

Posted in Deception, Europe, Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, IBM, Patents, Red Hat at 9:53 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

… analyse a story we’ve sat on for quite some time in order to better protect sources and hamper patent trolls.

We have one request to make upfront; if you are reading this and you too have been subjected to similar trolling/shake-down, please contact us discreetly (E-mail can be done securely/confidentially). We won’t spill the beans without prior approval from sources. Our sole goal is to safely illuminate/elucidate what’s going on and explain the situation GNU/Linux is in amid …


How the Big Banks and OIN Can Whitewash Software Patents and Do Nothing Concrete About Patent Trolls

Posted in GNU/Linux, IBM, OIN, Patents at 10:51 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

… Summary : Response to the puff piece entitled “How the Big Banks and OIN Can Lock Out Patent Trolls with Enabled Publications”

O IN does not work for “community” (or for Free software) but for banks and rich monopolies, as we already explained last week. A longtime reader brought to our attention the new article which the video discusses. Not only does this article lack substance (or clarity about what’s actually proposed); it reinforces the view that OIN works for …


[Meme] Things Will Get Amusing When/If EPO Proceedings Are Cancelled Due to Patent Trolls Suing the Platforms Using Software Patents (Granted by the EPO)

Posted in Europe, Patents at 6:46 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary : The management of the EPO is so proud to be granting illegal software patents in Europe ; this clear abuse of authority can come back to bite it in the rear …


Free Software is Still Under Attack From Software Patents (GNOME Getting Patent Trolls to Settle Isn’t the Real Solution)

Posted in Free/Libre Software, GNOME, GNU/Linux, IBM, Microsoft, OIN, Patents at 5:39 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

… Office ( USPTO ) keeps granting those bogus patents, which are being leveraged (as above) by patent trolls who make nothing at all, let alone a CMS or “website building software.” The existing GNOME Foundation (with deep ties to IBM and Microsoft, responsible in part for settling with trolls) wants us to think that this is a new problem even though nothing could be further from the truth. While OIN is working overtime to reinforce the status quo — reaffirming software patents …

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