[OT]Software patents end? ??:) light at the end of tunnel

Al Johnson openmoko at mazikeen.demon.co.uk
Tue Nov 25 13:33:59 CET 2008

On Monday 24 November 2008, David Reyes Samblas Martinez wrote:
> Dear all,
> Is a little bit offtopic but due recent mp2/mp3 fight against pirat...
> sorry Sysvel, maybe is interesting to spread this little bit of hope
> to the Openmoko community
> Trough a local FOSS-friendly news site[1] I read there is a 180
> degrees in Software pattent policy in US pattent office , it can
> invalidate almost ALL Software patents aviable. Yes, seems a Fools day
> joke but Slashdot also has articles about this here[2] and here[3].
> I'm very excited, but is too late night for a  in depth read of legal
> "mambo jambo" , may be someone with more legal skills can assure that
> is so awesome as it seems

Groklaw has a series of articles on this, plus many links to other opinions in 
the Newspicks section. It is certainly a step in the right direction, but how 
big a step is open to a lot of debate, and will probably need another 
judgement or two to sort out.

> [1]http://www.barrapunto.org
> [2]http://yro.slashdot.org/yro/08/07/24/1458215.shtml
> [3]http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/11/24/1713259

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