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  • Feb 7, 2017
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  • Comments Off on Why software patent eligibility is not an issue at the EPO – and what the USPTO could learn from that
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Why software patent eligibility is not an issue at the EPO – and what the USPTO could learn from that

  7 February 2017 – Bastian Best has a great post … rant? … on the flaws of the infamous “abstract idea” test. He says the Mayo/Alice two-step test causes much more harm than good and poses three questions: What kinds of ideas are too “abstract” for a patent? Doesn’t every invention start with an idea? […]


  • Jun 19, 2014
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  • Comments Off on Decrypting the “Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International” software patent case: initial thoughts after a first read
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Decrypting the “Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International” software patent case: initial thoughts after a first read

  By: Gregory P. Bufithis, Esq.   19 June 2014 – Today the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, a case about software patents that presented the issue whether certain claims about a computer-implemented, electronic escrow service for facilitating financial transactions concern abstract ideas ineligible for patent protection. It […]


  • Dec 20, 2013
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WEEKEND TECH: our end-of-the-year edition – “Where in HELL is technology taking us?”

  20 December 2013 – Edward Snowden’s revelations this year brought to everyone’s mind Aldous Huxley’s best known text, Brave New World, published in 1932. The title comes from Miranda’s speech in Shakespeare’s The Tempest : “Oh, wonder! / How many goodly creatures are there here! / How beauteous mankind is! Oh brave new world, / That has such people […]


  • Nov 21, 2013
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The rise of the automotive tech wars

  20 November 2013 – In 1911, Henry Ford won a patent battle that kick-started the US automotive industry, crushing a licensing cartel that had demanded royalties for every car he built. Just over a century later, as green engines, self-driving cars and interactive vehicles pitch the industry into a period of feverish innovation not seen since […]


  • Jul 29, 2013
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Yes, Lady Gaga’s songs contribute to GDP: the new measure to reflect the importance of intellectual property

  29 July 2013 – This coming Wednesday, July 31st, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Commerce Department unit that measures U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP), will give a greater economic weighting to the creation of many types of intellectual property — from books to movies to music to biotech drugs. The economy won’t change overnight, but […]


  • Jul 16, 2013
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Joseph Stiglitz: “intellectual property leads to inequality, actually harms the economy”

  16 July 2013 – We see it all the time, especially in the smartphone market.  Apple virtually created a new tier of mobile phone (the smartphones) with their iPhones and grew the pie by a whole load. They didn’t need to compete with the other phone manufacturers at the time simply because their product […]


  • Jun 19, 2013
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Google tries to skirt the rules and avoid an antitrust investigation of the Waze acquisition

19 June 1023 – If you follow the comings and going in the smartphone market you know that Google recently announced that it had acquired  privately held online mapping firm Waze. Despite the fact that many casual tech users have never heard of Waze, the value of the deal was $1 billion. The company’s outsize valuation is […]


  • Apr 25, 2013
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Tomorrow, April 26th, is World Intellectual Property Day: “Creativity: The Next Generation”

    25 April 2013 – On April 26 every year we celebrate World Intellectual Property Day, a day designated by the member states of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). It is the day on which the WIPO Convention came into force in 1970. Its goal is simple: to promote discussion of the role […]


Why Apple, Google and Samsung want Blackberry to succeed (and other thoughts in the run-up to the Mobile World Congress)

  21 February 2013 – My favorite event of the year starts this coming Monday, February 25th and runs for 4 full days: The Mobile World Congress (MWC) which is run by the ever brilliant GSMA Organization.  And there is quite a lot happening Sunday with some “pre-MWC” events so let’s call it a 5-day event. […]


  • Feb 11, 2013
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The film business moves from Hollywood to Asia

  11 February 2013– The 63rd Berlin film festival (also called the Berlinale) opened last week. Founded in West Berlin in 1951, the festival has been celebrated annually in February since 1978. With around 300,000 tickets sold and 500,000 admissions it is considered the largest publicly attended film festival worldwide. Up to 400 films are […]


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