The Simple Truth About What Xamarin Was All Along to Microsoft, Just Like Ximian and Novell (Post-Patent Deal)

Posted in Microsoft, Mono, Novell at 7:38 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“Now [Novell is] little better than a branch of Microsoft”

LinuxToday Managing Editor

Big caterpillar

Summary: A longer and more detailed analysis of Microsoft’s official takeover of the Mono team (and by extension a so-called ‘company’, whose finances are secret but are linkable back to Microsoft through Ignition Partners)

THERE is a sense of relief now that Microsoft has ‘collected’ its moles; they’re back home (or at the ‘base’) where they belong. Our latest post on this matter (we covered it shortly after this became publicly known, hence composed in somewhat of a rush) is quite a few days old. That post, which focused on Xamarin‘s role and duties for Microsoft, was a little tongue-in-cheek, and it probably lacked context which those who are unfamiliar with these matters may truly need.

“After Novell had purchased Ximian this move was characterised by a Novell executive as a “red carpet” (to a Microsoft deal).”Techrights has spent nearly a decade writing about Novell, which was the previous incubator or ‘host’ (in a sort of embryonic sense) of Mono (see this Wiki page for a detailed chronology). After Novell had purchased Ximian this move was characterised by a Novell executive as a “red carpet” (to a Microsoft deal). See this complete transcript from 10 years ago. A lot of people don’t remember this; nor do they remember the significant role which Miguel de Icaza personally played in Microsoft and Novell coming to their patent deal — a subject which we wrote about many times before (de Icaza’s role was noted by Novell dissenters almost a decade ago).

Michael Meeks (formerly of Novell) wrote the other day: “Pleased to see Miguel & Nat exit to Microsoft” (direct quote).

“It’s like both of them were engaged to Microsoft for a decade but only officially celebrated in a wedding ceremony (and tied the knot as the saying goes) last week.”Nat had worked for Microsoft before he worked for Novell and Miguel too had visited Microsoft and loved them. For Meeks, as their former colleague (at Novell), it’s easy to sympathise, but did they ever “exit”? They were always there. They have only just made it official. It’s like both of them were engaged to Microsoft for a decade but only officially celebrated in a wedding ceremony (and tied the knot as the saying goes) last week.

The news about Microsoft buying Xamarin was mostly covered by the Microsoft side and Microsoft boosters, not FOSS or GNU/Linux sites. This in itself is rather telling and revealing. Oh, how things have changed! Here’s Microsoft’s Mouth and the Microsoft-friendly Tim Anderson covering this, the latter noting: “Remember the Nokia devices acquisition? That went well. Not”

“Microsoft now intends to use Xamarin to further its E.E.E. (embrace, extend, extinguish) agenda inside Android.”Nokia was another case of Microsoft moles, notably Elop. It was designed to tear apart Linux and Nokia.

Microsoft now intends to use Xamarin to further its E.E.E. (embrace, extend, extinguish) agenda inside Android. Why? Because other such efforts, including the Cyanogen plan, are evidently failing. There’s no headway. As Anderson put it in a separate article:

Microsoft has officially scrapped its Android to Windows 10 bridge, codenamed Astoria, but is forging ahead with its Objective C Windows compiler and tools for porting iOS applications.

The Android announcement was expected, as the project was apparently abandoned some months back, but the new post from Windows Developer Platform VP Kevin Gallo adds some background.

Right now Microsoft uses Miguel de Icaza to make developers defect to Windows. When Xamarin was its own company, backed by people from Microsoft, it didn’t quite work out. People — and developers in particular — just weren’t foolish enough. “De Icaza told me in the past that he’s rich,” Stephane Rodriguez told us 9 years ago, so we know that Microsoft pays such moles enough to make them do almost anything. Xamarin was an attempt to infiltrate the development world on behalf of Microsoft. Based on lack of press coverage, we very much doubt it was financially sustainable without all the VC money from Microsoft folks, who were understandably trying to keep it afloat.

“Right now Microsoft uses Miguel de Icaza to make developers defect to Windows.”Overlapping the announcement of the Xamarin takeover was this important news covered in articles such as “Microsoft confirms: Android-on-Windows Astoria tech is gone”, “Microsoft’s plan to port Android apps to Windows is dead”, “Microsoft Confirms Android-To-Windows Tool ‘Project Astoria’ Is Dead”, and “Microsoft is ditching Android app ports for Windows Phone”.

Miguel de Icaza was perhaps Microsoft’s Plan B, much like Elop inside Nokia. As one Microsoft apologist put it the other day (in his headline), “Microsoft: Use Xamarin to port Android apps to Windows” (sounds like the same thing as above, except the above just got axed).

“Miguel de Icaza was perhaps Microsoft’s Plan B, much like Elop inside Nokia.”Microsoft propagandists such as Simon Bisson sure are happy for Miguel de Icaza and other Microsoft saboteurs, whose goal wasn’t to help either GNU/Linux or Free software but to advance Microsoft’s interests and financial gain. “Embrace, extend, eat” is how this article from The Register summed it up (in its seminal report about the takeover). “Strangely patents were not mentioned,” iophk wrote to us, alluding to this analogous report from Wired. To quote: “Given the number of startups that have been purchased by larger companies primarily for their engineering talent, not their products—a strategy called “acquihiring”—developers may worry that Xamarin’s technology could go away after this acquisition. Microsoft insists this isn’t the case. “This is definitely not an acquihire,” says Scott Guthrie, the executive vice president of the Microsoft’s cloud and enterprise group. “There are more than 300 people on the Xamarin team. We very much view this acquisition as an opportunity to take what they’ve built and make it a core part of our strategy.””

It seems quote possible that Microsoft is just “acquihiring” in this case, as we noted in our first post about it. However, let’s not forget that VC money for Xamarin came from former Microsoft staff (Ignition Partners), so if anyone pockets the money here, then it’s them (that’s like Microsoft giving money back… to Microsoft people). Groomed by Microsoft for over a decade, Xamarin is probably the last incarnation of what was Ximian, then Novell, and later Xamarin. Now it’s called what it really is: Microsoft.

“We were right about Mono, Miguel de Icaza, and Xamarin, just as we were right about Novell and Nokia in the patent sense.”According to this report from the New YoRk Times, “Microsoft announced on Wednesday that it was buying Xamarin, a company that helps software developers write applications for mobile devices. The price was not disclosed, but is believed to be more than $300 million.”

As we often point out here, many of these figures are bogus. They’re more like accounting tricks that make both the buyer and the acquired entity look bigger than they really are; it surely fools an already-gullible media when sometimes all that happens is that shares move from place to place, i.e. no money exchanges hands at all.

“Microsoft came first; what’s why he was pushed away by FOSS people.”All in all, the whole thing proves we were right all along. We were right about Mono, Miguel de Icaza, and Xamarin, just as we were right about Novell and Nokia in the patent sense. Miguel de Icaza has, consistently over the years, served Microsoft’s agenda and now it’s payday again. He hardly ever truly worked for FOSS; Now he’s a Microsoft employee. Miguel de Icaza turned to Microsoft not because FOSS people pushed him away. Microsoft came first; what’s why he was pushed away by FOSS people. Bruce Byfield, a longtime Novell (and Mono) apologist, gets it all in reverse in his analysis which begins thusly:

Just before I settled down to write today, I read that Microsoft had acquired Xamarin, the company founded by Miguel de Icaza and Nat Friedman. To many, the news is the logical end to a story that has been unfolding for years now, and if the first cries of, “Traitors!” have not appeared on blogs and articles, then I expect they are only a matter of time.

Perhaps Byfield can finally admit that it was us who were right all along, not him. On de Icaza, one person told me the other day: “I remember him back in ‘the day’ on IRC. he was always considered a crazy compromizer.”

“In summary, Miguel gets money from Microsoft. Again.”He was always like that. He didn’t just magically turn out that way. In fact, a lot of this started when he tried to get hired by Microsoft, way back in the 1990s.

A decent article by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (SJVN) says: “In 2011, Attachmate laid off the Mono team. De Icaza then founded Xamarin with an eventual total of $82-million in venture capital to give it a home.”

“The future of APIs, patents and mobile-centric operating systems is at stake now.”Well, money from Microsoft veterans/retirees (for the most part). It was pretty much back then that Microsoft ‘bought’ de Icaza; it just left him as peripheral/external because it’s easier to use him as a proxy or mole that way.

In summary, Miguel gets money from Microsoft. Again. E.E.E. didn’t work out this time around, but Miguel had his safety net. Now his salaries will come directly from his longtime boss (at Novell too a lot of the money came from Microsoft).

This post is not a personal attack. But since many people out there are too timid to mention names and say things as they see them, someone probably has to. Anything else is self-censorship.

If any of the above is not accurate or not correct, please point out specifically what it is. We welcome an open debate on this. The future of APIs, patents and mobile-centric operating systems is at stake now.

Links 28/2/2016: Raspberry Pi 3, Copyleft Fights

Posted in News Roundup at 5:52 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

GNOME bluefish



Free Software/Open Source

  • Manufacturers start to lock down Wi-Fi router firmware. Thanks, FCC.

    Curious. The FBI wants Apple to open up its own software while the FCC wants wireless router manufacturers to lock theirs down. And both demands are unacceptable, misguided, and will ultimately fail. Why? When it comes to the former, well, we don’t have time to wade through that quagmire, but as to the the latter, we have to go back to 2015 …


    Why is this lockdown a bad idea? Because there are thousands of private users, academic researchers, and developers who rely on having wireless routers that are capable of modification. These modifications are to add functionality, fix bugs in the original product (all too common in consumer devices), and improve performance. However, the new FCC rules as written place a complex technical burden on manufacturers to comply and the only way to comply cheaply, is for the manufacturer to lock down their products completely rather than just the wireless components.

  • TP-LINK WiFi Router Firmware Locked Down Due to New FCC Rules

    Last year the FCC rules issues new rules that would prevent installing OpenWRT, DDWRT, or other firmware, but it went viral, and finally the commission launched a consultation with the community which ended by the FCC issued a statement “Clearing the Air on Wi-Fi Software Updates” last November, making the rules more accurate saying that the rules were now “narrowly-focused on modifications that would take a device out of compliance”.

  • Reading comprehension is a big problem in open-source

    Houston, we have a problem. Linux users can’t read good [sic]. Zoolander reference. Word. What am I on about, and where can you buy some of the stuff, you be asking? You can’t, it’s all au naturale, Dedoimedo freerange extract.

    To be serious, this topic is about the flow of information in the Linux world. After having a rather horrible autumn season of distro testing, I happened to come across commentary about my reviews on various forums and portal. It’s always when the negative is being discussed, because articles that praise products never ever get any reaction from the wider community. To put it bluntly, the message was not coming across.

  • Telecoms Band Together to Virtualize and Open Source their Network Stacks

    A group of telecommunication companies and their software providers have come together to bring Network Functions Virtualization to their data centers. NFV is an industry-developed framework to virtualize telecom networks.

    The group, formed under the umbrella of European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) is called OSM, which stands for Open Source MANO. MANO, which stands for Management and Orchestration, is the part of the NFV framework consisting of orchestrator software, virtualized network functions manager (VNFM) and Virtualized Infrastructure Manager (VIM).

  • Oracle/Java/LibreOffice

  • CMS

  • BSD

    • BSDCan: OpenBSD presentations

      The event will be held on June 8-11th at the University of Ottawa in Canada.

    • The Release Of LLVM 3.8 Should Be Imminent

      While LLVM/Clang 3.8 was supposed to be released last week, its release got delayed but it looks like it should finally ship in the next few days.

      On Tuesday, LLVM release manager Hans Wennborg announced the release of LLVM 3.8 Release Candidate 3. He mentioned, “If there are no regressions from previous release candidates, this will be the last release candidate before the final release.”

    • FreeBSD 10.3 Is Almost Ready For Release

      The third beta of the upcoming FreeBSD 10.3 is now available for testing.

      FreeBSD 10.3 Beta 3 brings updated network drivers, improvements to the filemon device, Hyper-V fixes, a few new commands, and various other minor enhancements and corrections.

    • FreeBSD and ZFS

      For nearly seven years, FreeBSD has included a production quality ZFS implementation, making it one of the key features of the FreeBSD operating system. ZFS is a combined file system and volume manager. Decoupling physical media from logical volumes allows free space to be efficiently shared between all of the file systems. ZFS introduced unprecedented data integrity and reliability guarantees to storage on FreeBSD. ZFS supports varying levels of redundancy for tolerance of hardware failures and includes cryptographic checksums on all data to guard against corruption.


  • Project Releases

    • Cloud Explorer is back with v7.1

      Cloud Explorer is a open-source Amazon S3 client that works on any operating system. The program features a graphical or command line interface. Today I just released version 7.1 and hope that you give it a test drive. Feedback and uses cases are always encouraged.

  • Public Services/Government

    • Denmark to accelerate eHealth technology

      Danish public authorities are promoting the development and use of eHealth solutions. Increasing technology-use in healthcare, care for the elderly, social services and in education will “maintain or increase the quality of public welfare services while at the same time reducing public expenditure”, according to an English introduction to Denmark’s Strategy for Digital Welfare (2013-2020), published by the country’s Agency for Digitisation.

  • Licensing

    • Winning the copyleft fight

      Bradley Kuhn started off his linux.conf.au 2016 talk by stating a goal that, he hoped, he shared with the audience: a world where more (or most) software is free software. The community has one key strategy toward that goal: copyleft licensing. He was there to talk about whether that strategy is working, and what can be done to make it more effective; the picture he painted was not entirely rosy, but there is hope if software developers are willing to make some changes.

      Copyleft licensing is still an effective strategy, he said; that can be seen because we’ve had the chance to run a real-world parallel experiment — an opportunity that doesn’t come often. A lot of non-copyleft software has been written over the years; if proprietary forks of that software don’t exist, then it seems clear that there is no need for copyleft; we just have to look to see whether proprietary versions of non-copyleft software exist. But, he said, he has yet to find a non-trivial non-copyleft program that lacks proprietary forks; without copyleft, companies will indeed take free software and make it proprietary.

    • I’m Part of SFConservancy’s GPL Compliance Project for Linux

      I believe GPL enforcement in general, and specifically around the Linux kernel, is a good thing. Because of this, I am one of the Linux copyright holders who has signed an agreement for the Software Freedom Conservancy to enforce the GPL on my behalf. I’m also a financial supporter of Conservancy.

    • Welte: Report from the VMware GPL court hearing
    • Report from the VMware GPL court hearing

      Today, I took some time off to attend the court hearing in the GPL violation/infringement case that Christoph Hellwig has brought against VMware.

      I am not in any way legally involved in the lawsuit. However, as a fellow (former) Linux kernel developer myself, and a long-term Free Software community member who strongly believes in the copyleft model, I of course am very interested in this case – and of course in an outcome in favor of the plaintiff. Nevertheless, the below report tries to provide an un-biased account of what happened at the hearing today, and does not contain my own opinions on the matter. I can always write another blog post about that :)

      I blogged about this case before briefly, and there is a lot of information publicly discussed about the case, including the information published by the Software Freedom Conservancy (see the link above, the announcement and the associated FAQ.

    • I bought some awful light bulbs so you don’t have to

      Anyway. Next step was to start playing with the protocol, which meant finding the device on my network. I checked anything that had picked up a DHCP lease recently and nmapped them. The OS detection reported Linux, which wasn’t hugely surprising – there was no GPL notice or source code included with the box, but I’m way past the point of shock at that. It also reported that there was a telnet daemon running. I connected and got a login prompt. And then I typed admin as the username and admin as the password and got a root prompt. So, there’s that. The copy of Busybox included even came with tftp, so it was easy to get copies of tcpdump and strace on there to see what was up.

    • SFC: GPL Violations Related to Combining ZFS and Linux
    • The Linux Kernel, CDDL and Related Issues

      The license terms on the Linux kernel are those of GPLv2. This is the unanimous consensus of the extensive community of copyright holders. No other terms, or modifications of those terms, are represented in any document as the consensus position of the relevant parties.

    • Conservancy’s Executive Director Testifies in Favor of NYC Free and Open Source Software Acts
    • Match Donation Extended until March 1st
  • Openness/Sharing

  • Programming

    • Java finally gets microservices tools

      Lightbend, formerly known as Typesafe, is bringing microservices-based architectures to Java with its Lagom platform.

      Due in early March, Lagom is a microservices framework that lightens the burden of developing these microservices in Java. Built on the Scala functional language, open source Lagom acts as a development environment for managing microservices. APIs initially are provided for Java services, with Scala to follow.

    • documentation first

      I write documentation first and code second. I’ve mentioned this from time to time (previously, previously) but a reader pointed out that I’ve never really explained why I work that way.

      It’s a way to make my thinking more concrete without diving all the way into the complexities of the code right away. So sometimes, what I write down is design documentation, and sometimes it’s notes on a bug report[1], but if what I’m working on is user-visible, I start by writing down the end user documentation.


  • Science

    • These Chicago teens can’t graduate until they learn some compsci

      The Chicago Public Schools district has become the first in the nation to make computer science training a requirement for high school graduation.

      The district, the third-largest in the US, says that starting with next year’s freshman class (graduating in 2020), all students will be required to complete one credit in a computer science class as a core subject alongside other fields such as science, English and mathematics.

      “Making sure that our students are exposed to STEM and computer science opportunities early on is critical in building a pipeline to both college and career,” said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

    • Kauppalehti: Finnish tire firm manipulated test results

      Finnish tire manufacturer Nokian Renkaat manipulated test results for years, according to a report on Friday in the business daily Kauppalehti. The company’s share price took a dive on the reports.

    • The left half – right half divide in human brains is a myth, scientist says

      The myth is thought to stem from social stigmatisation of left handed people and a misunderstood Noble Prize winning research project

  • Security

    • Thursday’s security updates
    • Friday’s security updates
    • Rewrite Everything In Rust

      I just read Dan Kaminsky’s post about the glibc DNS vulnerability and its terrifying implications. Unfortunately it’s just one of many, many, many critical software vulnerabilities that have made computer security a joke.

      It’s no secret that we have the technology to prevent most of these bugs. We have programming languages that practically guarantee important classes of bugs don’t happen. The problem is that so much of our software doesn’t use these languages. Until recently, there were good excuses for that; “safe” programming languages have generally been unsuitable for systems programming because they don’t give you complete control over resources, and they require complex runtime support that doesn’t fit in certain contexts (e.g. kernels).

      Rust is changing all that. We now have a language with desirable safety properties that offers the control you need for systems programming and does not impose a runtime. Its growing community shows that people enjoy programming in Rust. Servo shows that large, complex Rust applications can perform well.

    • Forthcoming OpenSSL releases
    • Improvements on Manjaro Security Updates
    • What is Glibc bug: Things To Know About It
    • IRS Cyberattack Total is More Than Twice Previously Disclosed

      Cyberattacks on taxpayer accounts affected more people than previously reported, the Internal Revenue Service said Friday.

      The IRS statement, originally reported by Dow Jones, revealed tax data for about 700,000 households might have been stolen: Specifically, a government review found potential access to about 390,000 more accounts than previously disclosed.

      In August, the IRS said that the number of potential victims stood at more than 334,000 — more than twice the initial estimate of more than 100,000.

    • Protect your file server from the Locky trojan
    • Google’s Project Shield defends small websites from DDoS bombardment

      If you want to apply, there’s an online form to fill in here which asks for the details of your site, and poses a few other questions about security and whether you’ve been hit by DDoS in the past. Note that you’ll need to set up a Google account if you don’t already have one.

    • 90 Percent of All SSL VPNs Use Insecure or Outdated Encryption

      Information security firm High-Tech Bridge has conducted a study of SSL VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) and discovered that nine out of ten such servers don’t provide the security they should be offering, mainly because they are using insecure or outdated encryption.

  • Defence/Police/Secrecy/Aggression

    • Mini-World War Underway in Syria: The Players

      Various Kurdish forces working with Washington and/or Moscow are taking advantage of the chaos to extend Kurdish territories, in Syria, Iraq and odd bits of Turkey. The Islamic State has snatched land while all the focus was on the other groups, and still holds substantial territory in Syria and Iraq. The Saudis have threatened to invade Syria with ground troops, which the Iranians say they will respond to militarily.

    • Court Considers Releasing Key Documents Governing Secretive Targeted Killing Program

      Yesterday, in one of the three ACLU cases challenging the extreme secrecy shrouding the government’s targeted killing program, a federal judge in New York ordered the government to turn over, for the court’s review and possible release, three crucial documents containing the law and policy that govern the program. The full order is not yet public because, as the judge wrote, she is giving the government “time to vet opinions and orders for classification issues that might escape the notice of a reader of news media in which information that the Government considers to be classified routinely appears.”

  • Finance

  • Censorship

    • Chelsea Manning denied EFF articles because US Army cares about copyright

      Apparently the US Army is interested in a zealous interpretation of copyright protection, too.

      According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a Chelsea Manning supporter recently attempted to mail Manning a series of printed EFF articles about prisoner rights. Those materials were withheld and not delivered to her because, according to the EFF, the correspondence contained “printed Internet materials, including email, of a volume exceeding five pages per day or the distribution of which may violate U.S. copyright laws.”

    • Did Twitter’s Exec Censor #WhichHillary in advance of Key Primaries? Twitter users speak out

      Considering the nature of Twitter’s algorithm, it may just be a coincidence that Twitter suspended activist account @GuerrillaDems, at the same time that its massively popular hashtags #WhichHillary & #WhichHillaryCensored were suddenly absent from many users’ trending lists. Twitter now says that the suspension of @GuerrillaDems was a mistake.

      It is entirely natural, and important, for users to be suspicious here. We don’t know whether it was intentional removal, or algorithmic coincidence. However, it is a fact that this past Sunday, Clinton held a political event headlined by Twitter CEO Omid Kordestani. It is also a fact that Clinton’s staff has exerted pressure on members of the media in the past, using its “muscular” influence to promote a certain narrative at the Atlantic, and suggesting experts to rebut Julian Assange during his interview with 60 Minutes. These relationships tend to be mutually beneficial — a journalist gets a scoop — a large media outlet gets favorable treatment by regulatory agencies — in exchange for promoting a certain narrative. It is also no secret that the Clintons have earned $153 million over the past 15 years in legal political graft, much of that coming from the same companies they helped deregulate in the 1990’s. If you would like to know why our media giants are grateful to the Clintons, read up on the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

    • Zuckerberg on refugee crisis: ‘Hate speech has no place on Facebook’

      Speaking in Berlin, Facebook boss calls Germany’s handling of European refugee crisis ‘inspiring’ and says site must do more to tackle anti-migrant hate speech

    • Zuckerberg Vows to Police Hate Speech in German Charm Offensive

      Facebook Inc.Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg vowed to rid his site of hate speech against migrants and lauded Germany’s leadership in the refugee crisis as part of an effort to win over those critical of the social media site’s handling of the matter.

      “We’ve recognized how sensitive this is, especially with the migrant crisis here,” Zuckerberg said to thunderous applause at a town hall event in Berlin on Friday carried live on German cable news channels. “We hear the message loud and clear and we’re committed to doing better, there’s not a place for this kind of content on Facebook.”

    • Someone At UMich Reported A Snow Penis As A ‘Bias Incident’

      Big Member On Campus — is causing a flurry of controversy.

      A University of Michigan dorm official reported a snow penis as a bias incident, according to the student publication The Michigan Review.

      The frosty phallus was erected in a field this week outside a residence hall after a snowfall, apparently leaving the hall director cold. Hall directors are paid non-students who carry some authority.

    • Site-blocking will make internet access more expensive – little else

      oday Laurie has a guest post at iTWire and looks forward to your comments or those of the content creators and distributors. This posting does not necessarily represent the views of iTWire.

      Last week both Village Roadshow and Foxtel finally launched court actions under the eight months old Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Act designed to deal with Internet “piracy”.

      The first thing that needs pointing out is that downloading video and audio content over the Internet is a not a crime as such. It is, however, in breach of the intellectual property rights of the producers and distributors.

  • Privacy

    • EFF Urges Appeals Court to Allow Wikimedia and Others to Fight NSA Surveillance

      San Francisco – The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) urged the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit Wednesday to permit Wikimedia and other groups to continue their lawsuit against the NSA over illegal Internet surveillance. A ruling in favor of the plaintiffs in Wikimedia v. NSA would follow the lead of the Ninth Circuit, which allowed EFF’s Jewel v. NSA to go forward despite years of stalling attempts by the government.

    • The Government’s Decades-Long Battle for Backdoors in Encryption

      The FBI wants to crack open a mass shooter’s iPhone, and Apple has refused to cooperate. It’s a story for the 21st century, but the roots go back a whole generation earlier, to the 1990s when the FBI and other law enforcement agencies were trying to curb the then-new encryption technologies and create back door access for themselves.

    • Finland to boost its information security industry

      The Finnish government should help to create a competitive information security industry, recommends a report by a task-force at the Ministry of Transport and Communications. The country should attract investments in this area, assess rules and regulations, and make information security a common digital component.

    • More GOP presidential hopefuls now side with the FBI in iPhone crypto fight

      The now five candidates vying for the GOP presidential nomination discussed everything from immigration, health care, and the Middle East during their latest debate, sponsored by CNN/Telemundo and held in Houston on Thursday evening. But what caught our attention was the candidates’ discourse about the Apple-FBI encryption legal fight.

      CNN moderators Wolf Blitzer and Dana Bash actually initiated the topic. Blitzer first mentioned how Apple responded to the FBI’s court order earlier in the day with a formal motion to vacate. Bash then addressed the topic to Florida Senator Marco Rubio, referencing his defense of Apple last week during a GOP candidate town hall in South Carolina.

    • Tens of Thousands Protest Netflix’s Expanding VPN-Blockade

      Netflix is continuing to expand its VPN and proxy crackdown, affecting VPN ‘pirates’ but also those who use such services for privacy reasons. The VPN crackdown is meeting fierce resistance from privacy activists and concerned users, with tens of thousands calling upon the streaming service to reverse its broad VPN ban.

    • Netflix overblocking non-exit Tor relays

      tl;dr: Even paying customers sharing IPs with non-exit Tor relays are now
      blocked from accessing Netflix

      Hello everyone !

      After two very fruitless attempts to get the issue silently resolved through
      proper Netflix support channels, the time has come to make this public. As
      some of you have probably already read in the news, Netflix recently
      announced a crackdown on what they call “VPN Pirates” and what I call
      “paying customers using the same benefits of globalization that global
      companies like Netflix (ab)use for their taxes”.

    • Tor Project Accuses CloudFlare of Mass Surveillance, Sabotaging Tor Traffic

      Tensions are rising between Tor Project administrators and CloudFlare, a CDN and DDoS mitigation service that’s apparently making the life of Tor users a living hell.

      The issue, raised by a Tor Project member, revolves around a series of measures that CloudFlare implemented to fight malicious traffic coming from the Tor network. These measures are also affecting legitimate Tor users.

      The way CloudFlare deals with Tor users is by flagging Tor exit nodes and showing a CAPTCHA challenge before allowing them to continue to their desired website.

    • German government to use Trojan spyware to monitor citizens
  • Civil Rights

    • The U.S. has Gone F&*%ing Mad

      Do you know how a properly functioning society would react to an event like San Bernardino? I do — because I’ve had the misfortune of living through such an event. On the 28th of April, 1996, a gunman equipped with an AR-15 assault rifle — the same kind that the San Bernardino shooters used — opened fire in Port Arthur, in Australia. 35 people were killed and 23 were wounded. It remains one of the world’s deadliest shootings by a single person.

      Within months, the country’s governing party led a bipartisan effort to prevent such a tragedy from ever happening again.

      They didn’t do it by focusing on creating backdoors into phones.

    • Liverpool police pelted with stones as right-wing ‘infidels’ clash with anti-fascists (PHOTOS)

      Members of an extreme right-wing group and a rival anti-fascist movement have brought chaos to the center of Liverpool, with Merseyside police forced to intervene in violent street skirmishes

    • Former CIA Director: Trump’s foreign policy “would be in violation of all international laws of armed combat”

      “Real Time” host Bill Maher interviewed former NSA and CIA Director, General Michael Hayden.

      Regarding his thoughts on a President Trump, Hayden said, “I would be incredibly concerned if a President Trump governed in a way that was consistent with the language that candidate Trump expressed during the campaign.”

      Asked to elaborate on what he meant by “language,” Hayden cited Trump’s comments on “waterboarding and a whole lot more — because they deserve it” and killing the terrorists’ families.

      “If he were to order that once in government, the American armed forces would refuse to act,” Hayden added. “That would be in violation of all international laws of armed combat.”

    • Ex-CIA, NSA Head: If ‘President Trump’ Implements Certain Campaign Promises, U.S. Military ‘Would Refuse to Act’

      The former head of the CIA and NSA said that if Donald Trump is elected president and follows through on certain campaign promises, the U.S. military would “refuse to act.”

      “I would be incredibly concerned if a President Trump governed in a way that was consistent with the language that candidate Trump expressed during the campaign,” Michael Hayden told “Real Time” host Bill Maher on Friday night.

    • Stand Up For Whistleblowers — Our Liberty Depends On Them

      The inhumane criminal organization that goes under the name of the United States Government has violated its laws and international laws by refusing to punish torturers and war criminals, instead punishing only those who expose the evil and illegal deeds of the United States government.

      After blowing the whistle on torture and domestic surveillance by the George W. Bush administration, former CIA officer John Kiriakou and former NSA executive Thomas Drake were prosecuted under the Espionage Act — by the same Obama Justice Department that has refused to prosecute a single torturer or any official who ordered illegal mass surveillance.

    • Virginia Wisely Rejects Secret Police

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  • Internet/Net Neutrality

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  • Intellectual Monopolies

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        In 2007, Google built Content ID, a technology that lets rightsholders submit large databases of video and audio fingerprints and have YouTube continually scan new uploads for potential matches to those fingerprints. Since then, a handful of other user-generated content platforms have implemented copyright bots of their own that scan uploads for potential matches.

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Problems of Governance in International Organizations: the EPO

Posted in Europe, Patents at 4:59 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Translation of “Problemas de gobernanza en organizaciones internacionales: la EPO”

Author credit: Francisco Moreno

Translator credit: Eduardo Landaveri


For some years, one is questioning ever more insistently, if appropriate governance and management control of the EPO and WIPO exist.

Both cases have similarities (immunity, harassment of internal and external critics), but also differences (EPO problems seem more serious and closer to Spain).

In this post I deal with the situation in the EPO, leaving for later WIPO.

The EPO has threatened some people with legal action for allegedly defaming in their blogs about the EPO. I therefore ask the reader to be cautious when analyzing the information and do not take as true what they read. Obviously, the allegations that are brought against the EPO do not come from me. In any case, it is not my intention to defame the EPO, but to gather information about problems that seem to exist. I have tried to include the views involved (including EPO).


Like any international organization, the EPO and its President enjoy immunity and the national courts have no jurisdiction on its legal conflicts. Like any embassy, EPO buildings are inviolable and the authorities of the countries where the EPO is installed (e.g. Germany and the Netherlands) cannot enter buildings without the authorization of the President of the EPO.

A great power (immunity) brings about great responsibility. The question is, is immunity being used responsibly?


With this pejorative name, EPOnia, we want to get across the concept that the laws, rights and principles that are common in any European Democracy, do NOT apply in the EPO.

The Unions are not recognized and it seems that some of the workers’ representatives are the subject of investigations, without being able to turn to a lawyer, without being able to tell other colleagues who are under investigation and cannot claim the right not to testify against him (obligation to cooperate). Some of these workers, one of them Spanish, allegedly suffered anxiety attacks after interrogation and needed medical care.

As a result of these investigations, two of the workers representatives were fired. In both cases, the President of the EPO decided to impose harder sanctions than those recommended by the Disciplinary Committee. A National French Deputy has criticized the layoffs.

A Netherlands Court determined that the immunity of EPO could not go against the law, recognized in the European Convention on Human Rights to a fair trial within a reasonable time. Labor disputes can be addressed by employees at the Administrative Tribunal of the International Labour Organisation, but can take more than 10 years to be resolved and can be summarily dismissed.

Another Netherlands Court also pointed out that the EPO has not been respecting the workers right to strike. EPO ignored the ruling. The case is under the Netherlands Supreme Court. In case that this Court confirm the contested judgment, the EPO would seem that it will ignore it again.

EPO installed keyloggers on the computers for anyone to use in the common zones of its building in Munich, to find out who was talking about its highest management. This had quite an impact in Germany, where suspicions regarding espionage are understandable.

As a result, a member of the Board of Appeals, a quasi-court, which handles appeals against decisions of the EPO patent and establish jurisprudence and, in principle, should be independent of the President of the EPO, was suspended by the President of its functions (can not enter the EPO), which only could have agreed by the Board of Appeals itself. The Board of Appeal has determined that it cannot confirm the President’s decision, because it has not been the result of a process with sufficient guarantees. Recall that the Board of Appeal is the only instance to which an applicant may appeal when he is refused a European patent with unitary effect and should therefore have a clear independence of the EPO.

In Ensuring

The EPO President is supervised by the Committee of Administration [Administrative Council] of the EPO, in which representatives of Member States of the EPO, typically the CEOs of their patent offices, sit.

While the Board has maintained a favorable position to the President, it seems that this may change. Thus, the Board may request the President that the dismissal of workers laid off be on hold until there is a review, where investigations are to be regulated, and that the unions be recognized and the Chamber of Resources be reformed formally.

Incluso los Medios Financiados por Battistelli Admiten que Actualmente El Se Encuentra en Problemas

Posted in Europe, Patents at 4:57 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz


Publicado en Europe, Patents at 7:00 pm por el Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Sumario: Parece altamente probable y ciertamente una posibilidad de que Battistelli pronto renuncie, dejando a la OEP alguna oportunidad de recuperarse después de su histórico (en un pésimo sentido) periódo

TECHRIGHTS esta optimista acerca de la OEP, ya que es posible que este a punto de cambia a algo mejor por que su Presidente (Battistelli) esta viviendo en tiempo prestado. La próxima semana comenzaremos a debatir su sucesión.

Temprano hoy encontramos un grupo de interesantes tweets de los medios financiados por la OEP, que en vez de repetir la última mentira de sus representantes de relaciones públicas (PR) actualmente reconoce que Pinocho Battistelli esta sumergido en profundos – muy profundos – problemas. Cuando incluso un sitio financiado por la OEP admite eso, existe un problema serio (el departamento PR todavía lo niega y es pagado por hacerlo) uno tiene que reconocer que la situación luce grave. Para citar Iam ¨Si Benoit Battistelli realmente esta en conflicto con el Consejo Administrativo de la OEP, como se rumorea, eso no es una situación sostenible.¨

“Cuando incluso un sitio financiado por la OEP admite que existe un problema serio (el departamento de relaciones públicas todavía lo niega y es pagado por hacerlo) uno tiene que reconocer que la situación luce muy grave.”No hay sentido en negarlo de nuevo (el conflicto). La autenticidad de los documentes y la exáctitud de la información ya han sido verificadas.

¨Es difícil ver a Battistelli acordardo a renunciar,¨ IAM añadió, ¨lo más probable es verlo irse.¨ El ya amenazó hacerlo el año pasado, pero nuevos reportajes sugieren que ahora se resume a dinero. Urgentemente requerimos una traducción de este nuevo articulo (en Holándes) titulado “Franse despoot wil 18 miljoen bij vertrek”. FTI Consulting le ha fallado a Battistelli. No pudo salvar la reputación de la OEP debido a la enorme nariz de Pinocho, significando que él tiró los $1,000,000 (presupuesto oscuro/dinero PR) por el toilet. ¿Quiere el más de 20 millones de dólares ahora (20 veces más de lo que pago a FTI)? ¿Después de todo el daño que ha causado? Sabemos ahora cual es su salario y podríamos revelaro en una fecha tardía (no es algo urgente). Battistelli – según se informa – básicamente quiere unos 30 – 40 años de salario presidencial (!Que tal Concha!) Un plan de ´bienestar’no tan malo para un hombre aproximándose a los 70…

IAM entonces trajo un punto de Battistelli, indicando que ¨Battistelli cree – con alguna justificación – que el ha hecho lo que el Consejo Administrativo quiso que haga: aumente la producción y ganancias.¨

“Battistelli — básicamente quiere unos 30 – 40 años de salario presidencial (!Que tal Concha!) Un plan de ´bienestar’no tan malo para un hombre aproximándose a los 70…”Allá en los Estados Unidos, basado en esta nueva gráfico de ¨Patents Grants 2016¨ (a propósito buen trabajo de Patently-O), número de patentes (y así ganancias que son proporcionales) casi doblaron por causa de su decline en calidad, lo que indica un problema; no es una vara para medir su éxito (ya que no considera externalidades en cuenta).

Fanfarroneándo acerca del crecimiento de patentes otorgadas – lo que Pinocho frecuentemente hace (recuerden la charada ¨Conosca al Presidente¨ a principios de mes) – es engañoso por decir lo menos y mucho de ello es basado en mentiras también. Estan ´cocinando´ los libros. Son astutos con estadísticas y esperan exitosamente engañar a los medios, como ya han hecho frecuentemente, explotando candidez de los no-técnicos reporteros con un grado universitario en un lenguaje en Europa.

“Para aclarar una vez más, apoyamos la OEP, en principio (no hay intención de destruir la OEP), pero la EPO tiene que retornar a la EPC.”Temprano hoy bromee que Battistelli debería pronto aplicar por un trabajo en la SIPO (China), donde hay casi cero control de calidad asi com cero derechos humanos (probablemente negativo, menos que cero en la OEP ahora mismo).

Para aclarar una vez más, apoyamos la OEP, en principio (no hay intención de destruir la OEP), pero la EPO tiene que retornar a la EPC. Vean cómo la OEP está tratando de ‘masajear’ las “Guías para la examinación” en diversos eventos, algunos de los cuales se dieron a conocer o re-anunciaron hace incluso horas. La EPO se pregunta: “¿Cuál es el impacto de las modificaciones en las nuevas directrices para el examen? Discutir con expertos en Oslo el 7 de abril … ”

¿En qué estan basados estos cambios/enmiendas? Definitivamente no la EPC, que definitivamente y inambiguamente PROHIBIÓ las patentes de software (sean estas ¨como tales¨ o no).

Solicitando comentrarios en una última propaganda de la OEP (falsos números de patentes serán compartidos la próxima semana), un lector nos dijo: ¨OK es sólo un estupido desfile de relaciones públicas de nuevo. Han estado haciendo esto por años. No puedo decir cuando empezo (antes o después de Battistelli), pero Pinocho ya había hecho el mismo show cuando estuvo a cargo de la oficina Francesa de patentes. Pensé que podía ser algo diferente, debería aprender a no sobreestimarlos.¨

Regresando a IAM, en su cuente de Twitter dijo: ¨Esta claro que dado los reciéntes titulares acerca de los últimos despidos de representantes de la unión así como el agrandamiénto del Jurado de Apelaciones han asustado a algunos en la AC.¨

“Lo que todo esto significa,” IAM añadió, “es algo que tiene que ceder ante la OEP. Cuando eso pase no será algo bonito.”

“Battistelli no puede tolerar transparencia (ya que él sólo puede escribir/crear entradas en blogs posts titulados “transparencia”) porque la transparencia revelaría graves abusos como los keyloggers, cámaras ocultas (los huéspedes que vienen a la OEP de orientación), y peor aún – todo tipo de CARGOS CRIMINALES GRAVES EN CROACIA.”IAM entonces dijo que ¨la OEP esta en crisis esta tarde. Su estructura gubernamental claramente no se ciñe a este propósito. Es tiempo de transparencia plena.¨ Como le expliqué a IAM, no (falta de) ¨transparencia¨ es el problema. Es lo que el sigilo ha servido a ocultar… hasta ahora. Battistelli no puede tolerar transparencia (ya que él sólo puede escribir/crear entradas en blogs posts titulados “transparencia”) porque la transparencia revelaría graves abusos como los keyloggers, cámaras ocultas (los huéspedes que vienen a la OEP de orientación), y peor aún - todo tipo de cargos criminales graves en Croacia.

El fondo del asunto es este: cuando la gente a quien Pinocho esta pagando reconoce que el pueda estar saliendo realmente significa algo.

Un final (segundo) recordatorio: Por favor urgentemente necesitamos una traducción del artículo “Franse despoot wil 18 miljoen bij vertrek” (link arriba) ya que sirve a confirmar aún más que Battistelli saldrá pronto (es sólo materia de dinero ahora). Cuando escojan o preparen una traducción por favor informenos su intención para asegurarnos que no haya duplicación de esfuerzos (dos o más personas trabajando en una traducción al mismo tiempo). Ya tenemos a alguien trabajando en una traducción de ¨Problemas de Gobernanza en Organizaciones Internacionales: la EPO¨ Hoy recibimos tres traducciones de tres artículos en Holándes, asi que sigan sintonizándonos por más…

Nueva Evidencia Emerge, Mostrando que La Corte Unitaria de Patentes es en Realidad un Asesino de PYMEs Que Afecta a Europa para Beneficio de los Abogados de Patentes

Posted in Europe, Patents at 4:55 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz


Publicado en Europe, Patents at 5:56 pm por el Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Trojan horse

Sumario: Un nuevo publicado PDF derrama luiz en la grave injusticia planeada por la Corte Unitaria de Patentes, el nuevo secreto y dañino sistema, cuyos arquitectos son en su mayoría abogados de patentes y otros que gana con ellas sirviendo a las grandes corporaciones internacionales

Más evidencia, irónicamente proveniente de los más acérrimos promotores de la UPC comienza a salir a luz; revelando la verdadera fea cara del nuevo ´bebito´ de la OEP, la UPC (la OEP gasta muchísimo dinero promoviéndola). Hay un lado muy oscuro a la UPC en Alemania, donde los abogados de patentes incluso interfieren con el sistema legal en un esfuerzo de arrimárnos el caballo de Troya de la UPC [1, 2]. Es un golpe de estado donde los ciudadanos Europeos no tienen idea de ello.

De acuerdo a este nuevo comentario en un nuevo artículo de IP Kat, la OEP guíada por Battistelli esta ansiosa por ´incrementar´ los números de las supuestas patentes que otorga, no simplemente extendiéndo/expandiendo la esfera de patentes (la UPC probablemente acomodaría las patentes de software, como personas en altas posiciones nos advierten). Como el comentador lo puso, ¨Veo la correspondiente patente de EP que ha sido ya otorgada después de que el examinador levanto una objeción relacionada a un reclamo prioritario citando una thesis de PhD. La previa formulación parece questionable como si revelara la ¨misma invención¨ según la jerga de la OEP. La oposición inevitable debería ser interesante.¨

“11K por una declaración de no violación parece un poco prohibitivo. Nada alentador/promotor una actitud de “la-manera-clara.”
Comentando en este nuevo artículo de la ayayera de la UPC Annsley Merelle Ward (also IP Kat, no sólo sitios promotores de la UPC), una persona dice “11K por una declaración de no violación parece un poco prohibitivo. Nada alentador/promotor una actitud de “la-manera-clara.”Bueno para los titulares de patentes cuando los infractores son de poca monta.”

La UPC, como sitúa en el momento, tiene una barrera mayor. No són países que no la firmarán (España, Reino Unido en el caso de Brexit etc.) pero un actual debate democrático (la UPC es anti-democrática). Ahora mismo todo este proceso esta ocurriendo a puertas cerradas. Como una clase de tratado secreto. Sus Cortes estan siendo establecidas en Londres antes de que haya un referéndum Británico, en orden de hacer que la barrera de salida (salida de la UPC) increíblemente alta.

“La acción de la UPC para revocar una patente costará 20.000 euros. Las acciones por infracción por lo menos 11.000 euros. Los abogados no están incluidos!”
      –Kristof Neefs
Por más indicaciones la UPC (a pesar de la secretividad internacional) – en realidad lo advertimos desde hace tiempo. Será un ASESINO DE PYMEs si alguna vez se hace realidad. Como otra persona (Kristoff Neefs, quién dice que es un abogado de media, IP y tecnología) lo puso: “La acción de la UPC para revocar una patente costará 20.000 euros. Las acciones por infracción por lo menos 11.000 euros. Los abogados no están incluidos! ”

¿Porqué necesitaría usted revocar una patente? Vea el párrafo de arriba. La OEP guíada por Battistelli es un chiste tratándose de examinación (frecuentemente cada vez más apuradas) y Battistelli no tiende idea (o se hace el cojudo) de ello, o tal vez este negándolo, i.e voluntariamente ignorándolo.

Managing Intellectual Property (MIP), un proponente de la UPC (como la mayoría de abogados de patentes alla afuera), pretende que la UPC esta aquí ya (pero no es inevitable).

Lo que necesita hacerse ahora mismo es diseminar información acerca de la UPC, donde el público Europeo (más de 95% de ellos) no sabe nada acerca de ella. Presentemente, la UPC ESTA SIENDO PROMOVIDA POR LA MISMA GENTE QUE SE BENEFICIARÍA DE ELLA, mientras los demás no tiene voz ni voto. Serían buenas noticias para los parásitos de patentes y abogados de patentes (miren quien estan excitados por ello) y sabemos a costas de quién. Todos serán perjudicados. Recuérden nuestro reciénte articulo titulado ¨UPC Entendamos Quién Se Beneficiaria de Ella Mirando quienes la estan promoviendo (Like TPP)¨.

“Esto es como Koch Industries celebrándo la aprobación del ISDS.”CIPA también esta promoviendo la UPC ahora mismo. Recuerden lo que ella representa. Es simplemente una horda de abogados de patentes cabildeando por sus intereses en el mismo corazón de Europa. Tratando de perjudicar a todos mientras que nadie presta atención. Como la CIPA lo puso: ¨El #Comite Preparatorio de la UPC confirma que no habra multa por salirse. Gran voto de confianza en el nuevo sistema!¨ A los ayayeros de la UPC (como Jane Lambert en este caso) sólo les interesa la membresía en la UE por las patentes!

Esto es como Koch Industries celebrándo la aprobación del ISDS. Cualquier cosa como ISDS daría tal poder a tan maliciosa corporación de contaminar sin interferencia del gobierno (por que esta interferencia puede perjudicar a sus dueños de acciones). Necesitamos detener a esta gente antes de que sea muy tarde. La UPC es un enorme peligro para Europa, la que es una economía basada en las PYMEs. ¡DESPIERTA EUROPA!

Largas Corporaciones y Sus Abogados de Patentes Se Levantan en Armas Después de Que el Gobierno EstadoUnidense Abolió un Montón de Patentes de Software

Posted in America, Law, Patents at 4:54 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz


Publicado en America, Law, Patentes at 7:11 am por el Dr. Roy Schestowitz

No aceptaremos NO por una respuesta…


Sumario: El creciente conflicto entre el interés público, políticas gubernamentales de patentes y los multibillonarios (o sus megacorporaciones) que lo quieren TODO, sin mencionar a sus abogados, ayayeros y cabildeadores

HOY EN DÍA la OEP abiertamente promueve las patentes de software en Europa, en efecto, metafóricamente, escupiéndo en la EPC sobre la cual fue fundada. Esto es lo que pasa cuando los maximalistas tontamente son puestos en cargo. Lo que pasa ahora mismo en los Estados Unidos también es interesante. Las Corporaciones allí controlan al gobierno mas que en Europa, tanto así que algunas estan llevando a su gobierno a corte sobre supuestos ¨daños y perjuicios¨ (i.e políticas que no favorecen a dichas corporaciones).

Nunca olviden la introducción de patentes de software por la CAFC (Corte de Apelaciones del Distrito Federal) hace varios días. Ahora vean esta última proclamacion acerca de CAFC, que dice: ¨Como punto de partida para la mayoría de reclamos de patentes de software contra un gobierno es con immunidad de soberanía. El gobierno de los Estados Unidos reclama immunidad soberana contra juicios excepto cuando renuncie a ella. En el contexto de patentes , el gobierno de ese país ha renunciado a su immunidad, pero limita los procedimientos y formas de recuperación. En particular la U.S.C 28 U.S.C. § 1498(a) provee que el ¨remedio para el dueño sera por acción contra el gobierno de los Estados Unidos en la Corte Suprema de Reclamos Federales para recuperación de compensación razonable por tal uso y manufactura.¨ El estatuto también provee cubierta para cotratantes y otras entidades no-gubernamentales que infringen la patente ¨con autorización o consentimiento del Gobierno¨ así que aquellas acciones deben también ser perseguidas contra el gobierno de los Estados Unidos. La Corte de Reclamos Federales esta localizada en el mismo edificio Madison que la Corte de Apelaciones del Circuito Federal.¨

Como hemos notado en pasando la pasada declaración, ISDS (y sus encapsulantes ´hosts´, e.g TTIP/TTPP) se están convirtiéndo en un creciente peligro. ¿Pueden corporaciones bajo el disfraz de ¨inversores¨, enjuiciar al gobierno por tomar acción contra las patentes de software? ¿Pueden preveir los trolles de patentes tambien juicios contra su gobierno sobre Alice en la SCOTUS por ejemplo? Usualmente SCOTUS emite juicos a favor de las corporaciones, con o sin Scalia a la cabeza, y este nuevo reportaje de WIPR dice ¨La Corte Suprema de los Estados Unidos escucha argumentos sobre daños y perjuicos¨ (¿Quién despues de todo se beneficiara de ello?).

Ayer encontramos ese nuevo reporte de Martin H. Snyder from Main Sequence Technology Inc. El abstracto dice: “Los sistemas de patentes no se han ajustado exitosamente al advenimienteo de la era Informática. Leyes desarrolladas durante la Era Industrial genera distorsiones dañinas cuando son enfrentadas con invenciones basadas en procesos que resultan en nueva y útil información. El Congreso y las Cortes han intentado soluciones, pere ellas son insatisfactorias en aspectos de repetición y faltas de separación coherente de materia y patentabilidad, con tal separación aparentemente implícita en el esquema del acto patentatorio. Una doctrina unificable de elegibilidad para información de invenciones es necesaria que se adhiera a la presente ley de patentes, procedimientos de cortes, y expectaciones normátivas. Las Cortes deberían requerir que las invenciones basadas en preceso produzcan un resultado identificable, que debería ser construído como materia de ley. Presentes procedimentos Markman deberían ser expándidas y tratadas como ambas elegibilidad y fases de causas probables de la validez inquirimiento. Hay un estandar en invenciones considerados ideas abstractas, así como tambien estandar en imprimir material patentable. Estos antiguos estadares existen por que virtualmente cualquier actividad humana puede caracterizarse como un proceso, trayendo así unlimitados derechos de patentes que van en directo conflicto con otros derechos Constitucionales. A pesar de esos estándares, miles de patentes de computadoras y biotecnológicas son otorgadas que constructivamente cubren información y/o la utilidad derivadas de ellas. Encontrar abstracciones descalificatorias en elegibilidad y descalificación en patentabilidad requiere diferentes exámenes. Si una invención basada en un proceso resulta en contener/comprometer información, un nuevo exámen por elegibilidad debe ser aplicado. El presente examen de Alice debe ser aplicado a la solicitud por patentabilidad. La abstracción es un continuoum de linguísticos y semióticos niveles, que requieren convensiones sociales para crear significabilidad. Encontrar significado justificatorio en convenciones sociales crea impasables desafíos a la obligación ética de los derechos de propiedad intelectual. La raíz literal de la palabra abstracto significa ¨incomprensible¨, o consumir. El propuesto test de elegibilidad requiere que el consumidor de información de una invención basada en un proceso no sea un ser humano. Porque inteligencias no-humanas son una nueva realidad en el mundo, producto del ingenio humano, y esenciales actores en la era informática. Si el consumidor informático es no humano, la información resultante de tal proceso debería ser elegible de patentes, sujetas a estatutos y leyes comúnes de patentabilidad. Han habido otoras propuestas para resolver este problema, pero todas fallaron por varias causas. Este propuesto nuevo examen enfocándose en el consumidor informático es simplemente aplicable a través de las artes, neutral tecnológicamente, apropiado intuitivamente, impulsando la innovación dentro de la Era Informática, y altamente ceñida a los ideales Americanos.”

Lo que tenemos aquí es un CABILDEO CORPORATIVO (de hecho cabildeo) tratándo de impulsar por patentes de software en la forma de ¨papel¨ (disfráz académico), tanto como el que hizo David Kappos el año pasado. Esta gente hace sus ganancias por las patentes de software y están cada vez más molestos contra el gobierno por que terminó muchas patentes de software despues del dictámen de SCOTUS.

IBM y Otras Multinacionales Gigantes Molestos Porque las Patentes de Software Están Siendo Rechazadas Cada Vez Más en Los Estados Unidos, y Ahora en la India

Posted in America, Asia, IBM, Patents at 4:52 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz


Publicado en America, Asia, IBM, Patents at 6:23 am por el Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Oh, pobre bebito, IBM…

A baby angel

Sumario: La bastánte reveladora respuesta de los agresores de patentes y los maximalistas a la presente tendencia, que (con excepción de la OEP en Europa) rechazan las patentes de software

PONIENDO aparte a la OEP por un momento, se necesita decir mucho acerca de las patentes de software en general. De acuerdo a estas nuevas apreciaciones [1, 2], las compañías continúan disfrazando a las patentes de software como si fueran hardware, en este caso particular ¨patentes por su innovador software para WOS Object Storage.¨

“IBM debería entender lo entendible y dejar de ejercer presión por patentes de software en Europa y Nueva Zelanda, por no hablar de la India.”Recuerden que no sólo en Europa, Nueva Zelanda e India se ha vuelto difícil (si no imposible) patentar software ¨abstracto¨, al menos que sea descrito como atado a cierto aparato físico (como ¨storage¨). En los Estados Unidos también, mucho más despues del caso Alice, y especialmente tratar de afirmar una patente de software en una Corte de Leyes de los Estados Unidos. Como el presidente de la FFII correctamente señaló, sin embargo, ¨Tribunales ISDS serán capaces de interpretar las ¨patentes por todos los campos de tecnología¨ de TRIPS en order de otorgar swpates [patentes de software] y derribar a Alice.¨ Pueda ser que cubramos más de esta materia en otro dia.

No sobreestimen los trucos de los abogados de patentes. SUS GRANDES CLIENTES SON LAS MEGACORPORACIONES, FRECUENTEMENTE EXTRANJERAS. Muchos (casi todos diríamos) dependen de las patentes de software para ganar su subsistencia. Aquí un abogado de patentes Australiano Justin Blows análizando un caso estadounidense (Ameritox Ltd vs Millenium Health) diciendo, ¨¿Explica esto la patentabilidad de software en los Estados Unidos?

Para citar a Blows: ¨La gente tratando de entender la patentabilidad de software, particularmente en los Estados Unidos, frecuentemente acuden a la decisión Alice de la Corte Suprema de ese país. Para muchos de ellos es difícil de entender.

“Consecuentemente, es siempre intersante tener a un Juez que comente acerca de lo que es Alice.”

Ahora, recuerden ¿cómo Manny Schecter (IBM) estuvo presionando a la India para que acepte las patentes de software? Aquí el esta resáltando ¨Más estadísticas en el creciente rechazo de #101 aplicaciones por patentes de software después de la decisión Alice¨ (IBM no debe estar feliz por ello) y aquí el está como CABILDEANDO (usando tácticas vergonzósas) por las patentes de software en la India, en vez de reconocer de que las cosas han cambiado. ESTO ES DENIGRANTE PARA TODO EL PUEBLO DE LA INDIA.

IBM debería entender lo entendible y dejar de ejercer presión por patentes de software en Europa y Nueva Zelanda, por no hablar de la India. Queridos Hindues, por favor tomen nota de lo que IBM ha estado haciendo en su glorioso país (vean esta página Wiki acerca de las patentes de software en su país para entenderlo mejor), incluso después del derribamiento último de las patentes de software allí (hay adicionales reportajes de prensa acerca de ello, e.g. [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15] el Lunes, el Martes, con links del Martes con mayor number de citaciones).

Para el jefe de IBM, basado en este tweet, es un caso de copiar o innovar. Consiguió una bonita dicotonomía allí. O patentas software (significando innovación) o no, significando que tu simplemente copias o robas de alguién. ¿A quiéne el esta bromeándo? ¿Esta de moda acaso usar tácticas anti-Chinas contra los Hindues?

Yendo al pasado caso estadounidense, vean este artículo titulado “¿Qué es Alice, And Porqué esta Enloqueciendo a los Abogados de Patentes como Sombrereros?”

Este nuevo artículo menciona: ¨De vez en cuando, la Corte Suprema impone un caso que causa un cambio sísmico en nuestro sistema legal. Profesores de Leyes Constitucionales enceran poéticamente acerca de Marbury v. Madison and McCulloch v. Maryland. Analistas de noticias vociferan contra Ciudadanos Unidos: ¨Corporaciones no son personas!¨ Pero pregunta a un abogado de patentes por un ejemplo de tal caso y es posible que seas testigo de una diatriba de diez minutos en las faltas de Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l (2014).”

Hay muchas intersantes estadísticas allí de Juristat (las que Schecter linkeo). Como el texto explica: ¨Esta linea representa el porcentaje de todos los rechazos de patentes basados on sección 101. En Mayo del 2014, ese porcentaje sólo fue de 75. Para Agosto casi doblo al 12%. A finales de ese mes, rechazos basados en sección 101 alcanzaron un 15% de todas los rechazos emitidos por la USPTO. Eso es un incremento MASIVO, considerando especialmente que las patentes de software representan sólo una pequeña porción de todas las aplicaciones manejadas en la USPTO.¨

Miren lo que Alice ha estado haciendo a las patentes de software en los Estados Unidos. Resulta que hay un intercambio de armas de patentes entre China y los Estados Unidos ahora mismo (estos gringos se orinan ante el gigante Asiatico a diferencia de Europa, LatinoAmerica, Africa y el Tercer Mundo donden compran gobiernos para promover un sistema de patentes para su beneficio), mientras que Intel descarga un montón de patentes a Xiaomi. Recuerden que Intel es promotor de patentes de software y tiene muchas en su propiedad (hemos cubierto esto durante los años pasados).

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