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News Item Troff document FSF joins forces with Software Freedom Law Center and Open Source Initiative to fight software patents in U.S. Supreme Court
by Free Software Foundation published Feb 28, 2014 last modified Oct 11, 2016 04:11 PM
BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA -- Friday, February 28, 2014 -- The Free Software Foundation (FSF) joined the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) and the Open Source Initiative (OSI) in filing a brief amici curiae in software patent case Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank before the United States Supreme Court yesterday.
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El Peligro de las Patentes de Software
by Matt Lee published Jul 26, 2007 last modified Sep 04, 2007 03:45 PM — filed under:
Location: Hotel Ramada Herradura, Autopista General Cañas, cruce San Antonio de Belén, frente a Mall Cariari, Heredia, Costa Rica. (Phone: + 50 6 2099 800) Richard Stallman will explain how software patents obstruct software development. Software patents are patents that cover software ideas. They restrict the development of software, so that every design decision brings a risk of getting sued. Patents in other fields restrict factories, but software patents restrict every computer user. Economic research shows that they even retard progress. This speech will be part of the Conferencia Latinoamericana de Informatica CLEI 2007 (comprising Conferencia Latinoamericana de Informatica CLEI 2007, XV Congreso Iberoamericano de Educacion Superio en Computacion CIESC 2007, Latin American Networking Conference LANC 2007, Taller Latinoamericano de Informatica para la Biodiversidad INBI 2007) which will take place from the 9th to the 12th of October.
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News Item US Supreme Court makes the right decision to nix Alice Corp. patent, but more work needed to end software patents for good
by Free Software Foundation published Jun 19, 2014 last modified Jun 19, 2014 05:58 PM
BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA -- Thursday, June 19, 2014 -- Today the United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled a prominent software patent invalid in the case of Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, saying that implementing an abstract idea on a computer does not make that idea patent-eligible.
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Blog Entry text/texmacs The Shield Act fails to protect free software from patents
by Donald Robertson published Aug 07, 2012
The Saving High-Tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes Act (SHIELD Act) fails to protect the free software community from software patents.
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News Item Over 450 letters sent to the USPTO proposing guidelines to end software patents
by Brett Smith published Sep 28, 2010 last modified Nov 05, 2010 09:42 AM
Last week, we put out an action item asking people to write to the USPTO, and explain to them why software should not be eligible for patents under their forthcoming post-Bilski guidance. To answer the call, you all sent in more than 450 letters, offering the USPTO all kinds of legal and practical reasons why they should stop issuing software patents. This is a tremendous response, and we're very grateful to you all for participating. Thank you very much!
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News Item IEF image FSF files brief in Bilski case calling on the Supreme Court to eliminate software patents
by John Sullivan published Oct 02, 2009 last modified Oct 02, 2009 09:48 PM
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Patent Absurdity
by Matt Lee published Jun 21, 2005 last modified Apr 15, 2010 01:52 PM
Richard Stallman's article on the difference between patents and copyright for software users and developers appears in the Guardian.
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Blog Entry Bilski party come what may
by peterb published Jun 28, 2010
FSF welcomes Supreme Court watchers to a post Bilski party
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Microsoft's Empty Promise
by Brett Smith published Jul 16, 2009 last modified Jul 16, 2009 06:21 PM
Last week, Microsoft extended the terms of their Community Promise to implementations of the ECMA 334 and 335 standards. You might think this means it's safe to write your software in C#. However, this promise is full of loopholes, and it's nowhere near enough to make C# safe.
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News Item New effort to introduce European software patents
by Matt Lee published Jan 24, 2006
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