These are the things I've written that are tagged "software patents"

New Zealand bans software patents

A major new patent bill, passed in a 117-4 vote by New Zealand’s Parliament after five years of debate, has banned software patents. This is great news for Kiwis. I really hope that their results inspire the similar movements in the US, UK, and elsewhere.

Twitter Introduces the Innovator’s Patent Agreement

Good news on this Tuesday morning: The IPA is a new way to do patent assignment that keeps control in the hands of engineers and designers. It is a commitment from Twitter to our employees that patents can only be used for defensive purposes. We will not use the patents from employees’ inventions in offensive […]

Amazon.com’s 1-Click Patent Confirmed Following Re-Exam

This is just plain terrible news. It’s the software equivalent of someone having a patent on “cash-only.” It’s a technology (and I hesitate to even call it a technology) so completely obvious that it makes the entire patent system look ridiculous by it’s inclusion. This re-exam sticks us with another 4 years of the legal […]

Apple sues HTC for infringing 20 iPhone patents

Engadget has the documentation. I’d like to add my voice to the chorus of people decrying the use of “user interface” patents. This kind of thing can be pretty vile. For example, one of the patents is for: “Unlocking A Device By Performing Gestures On An Unlock Image,” Which is absurd.

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