Tag Archive for software patent

Apple Wants to Compete on Patent Portfolio, Not Products

(Cross-posted on DisCo) Apple has been an odd player in the patent debate. On the one hand, it’s the company that gets sued by patent trolls more than any other. As a result, it supports most of the patent reform bill, and Apple uses the Covered Business Method (CBM) program far more than any other…

In Defense of Software (Patentability)

Note from : The Alice v. CLS Bank case, which is being argued at the U.S. Supreme Court later this month, has invigorated the debate over the patentability of software.  The following guest post is by Dana Rao, Vice President for Intellectual Property and Litigation at Adobe, and I’m thrilled to be able to publish it. Dana…

Concern Trolls “Worry” About Covered Business Method Review

As expected, once some ideas to deal with patent trolls were proposed by the President, the concern trolls came out in force to express “concern” about “uncertainty” and a possible, unexplained, negative effect on innovation. In short, the concern trolls tell us inventors will stop inventing, technology will stagnate, society will collapse, and Two and a…

CLS Bank v. Alice: Don’t Lose Your Head

The patent world was waiting with bated breath for the Federal Circuit’s decision in CLS Bank International v. Alice Corp. At last, we thought, we would have a ruling on when software is patentable and when it isn’t. As you may have heard, we had no such luck when the decision was issued last Friday.…

CCIA Filed Comments with the USPTO on Software Patent Quality

On February 12, 2013 in Silicon Valley, and February 27, 2013 in New York City, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) held two roundtables on enhancing the quality of software patents as part of an effort to develop a “Software Partnership” between the USPTO and the software community.  In accordance with these roundtables, they also requested written…

Patent Progress Interview Series: Julie Samuels, EFF

A few weeks ago we interviewed Julie Samuels, the Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), about software patents and patent trolls.  Our conversation focused both on why we have a software problem and how the patent trolls are a part of the software patent issue.  We also discussed…

Guest Post: Patent Trolls Stifle Innovation

Over the last several months, we have been vocal in our calls for software patent reform to put an end to the threat of lawsuits on behalf of patent assertion entities (PAEs), more commonly known as patent trolls. Why? Because at Rackspace it has become our most pressing legal issue. Since 2010, our spending to…