Saturday, October 11, 2014

US patent office rejecting a lot more software patents

"A June US Supreme Court decision on the legality of software patents has been sending shockwaves through their legal system. The case, called Alice v. CLS Bank, has led to a bunch of lower court decisions invalidating software patents. It may also have been responsible for September's sharp decline in patent lawsuits."

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Anti patent troll group thrives

"Remember the Open Invention Network (OIN)? That's the defensive software patent community set up to protect Linux against patent aggressors. Well, it recently passed 1,000 members, growing nearly 70 percent over the last year."

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

US Cracking Down on Software Patents

Press release by Fenwick and West who appear to be IP lawyers in the USA
"The patents unanimously struck down by the Court were for an electronic escrow service for online securities sales. The Supreme Court ruled that an abstract idea like escrow, which has been around for hundreds of years, does not become patent eligible simply by being executed online. Since then, the USPTO has drawn a much tougher line regarding similar patent claims."

They continue talking about how recent changes have made US patent rules more like those of Europe.