More opposition to patents on abstract ideas

This is good news and I hope that the opinion of Cato Institute, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and the Reason Foundation will help with the debate against software patents also in Europe. It’s not much of an exaggeration to say that the crisis in our patent system is mostly a crisis in the new categories…

How Intellectual Ventures Became Americas Biggest Patent Troll

NPR has a great story about software patents and how they’re abused especially by one firm that sues and demands payments from innovators. The story describes the business model of Intellectual Ventures, a firm whose only purpose is to accumulate patents and demand fees from anybody that is trying to bring a product to the…

Why I think we won the battle against software patents

After many years talking about the damages to innovation created by patents on software, I believe that the we can consider the battle won: the free software/open source movement should focus its attention on other battles.  While I agree with Florian Mueller that the Europeans are still pestered by patents on software, I believe that…

Florian’s comment on victory

Florian Mueller left a comment on my previous post about the software patents campaign. I promised to reply soon and I will, but meanwhile I think it’s worth reading, if you haven’t already: I was quite actively involved in the fight against that proposed EU directive, and I was in Strasbourg on the day of…

When millions of people beat millions of dollars

Every time I hear someone saying that something can’t be done, it’s too hard, there are interests and forces against you that are too big, I remember this David vs. Goliath photo and the months, years of fight that lead to a big victory. And the lessons I learned on how to talk to high-level…

Microsoft cannot be trusted

My friend Gianugo Rabellino has a tough job trying to help Microsoft clean up its image of anti-open source company. The best comment I read about its latest attack on Android and Linux (the ebook reader is just an excuse, I agree with Steve J. Vaughan-Nichols) using the equivalent of nuclear weapons (software patents) is…

Il miraggio del brevetto comunitario

Stamattina ho trovato nella mia casella di posta un messaggio da una persona che cerca informazioni riguardo la brevettabilità delle idee. La domanda in particolare mi ha colpito, come sempre: se ho ben capito le idee non sono brevettabili e quindi […] chiunque può rivedere la mia idea e ricopiarla con un altro marchio? Mi…

Software patents will not pass in Europe

The last lesson of the MBA was about patents, how to use them strategically for your business. The professor was really good at explaining all the steps that you must follow before you start any innovation process and what traps expect you at each step you make.’  Funny enough, all his lesson confirmed me that…