More Voices Join the Chorus for Patent Reform

Patent reform is hot! The momentum seems to be building in Congress for patent reform to address the problem of nefarious patent exploiters (also known as non-practicing entities, patent assertion entities, and, less politely, trolls). As previously noted here, there are a number of serious legislative proposals circulating, and the...

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Fixing the Patent System: Government and Industry Push for Reform

In the US it’s estimated that lawsuits from patent assertion entities, commonly called patent trolls, have cost the US economy some $300 billion in lost wealth, causing far-reaching repercussions in terms of missed opportunities from companies scared of possible legal exposure. Many in Washington, Silicon Valley, and elsewhere have been...

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International FOSS Law Review 5.1 Available

The seventh issue (Volume 5, No. 1) of the International Free and Open Source Software Law Review is now available. The article topics include an analysis and study of case law regarding APIs and the *GPL licenses, the rise of open source software foundations, and a study of the Lisp...

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A scientist calls for open access to research publications

As a child I remember being fascinated by science, and developed an overwhelming urge to learn how everything worked. I loved science fiction, seeing authors explore the very edges of possible futures, extrapolating out the possibly feasible to its very limits.

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Linux and the GPL: A Storm Erupts

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone in the land of stars and stripes, it's a pretty safe bet that blood pressures are rising and tensions are high here in the Linux blogosphere.

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