Patents

Classified ads app may have enterprise use

A start-up called Edgeio is working on a “Web 2.0” response to Craigslist. The idea is that users can post ads on their own sites using certain tags, which Edgeio for a small fee will aggregate. That’s cool, and the company hasn’t said anything about enteprise uses, but just imagine how it could change everything from collaboration to programming, personal file serving to tech support. Of course, there are security concerns, but Edgeio will definitely be a company to watch.

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Inside the BlackBerry workaround

Research In Motion finally announced details of its BlackBerry workaround software in case there’s a court-ordered injunction shuttering the service. By installing a software patch on devices and servers, customers can store not-yet-delivered messages on their own servers instead of on RIM’s, thereby no longer infringing the NTP patent. At least that’s the theory. Many other details are still to be determined. Many observers still predict a settlement.

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DOJ sharpens objections in BlackBerry case

Two more signs emerged that BlackBerry service won’t shut down: the U.S. Justice Department filed in court that it doesn’t believe an injunction could plausibly deny private messages but continue government messages; also, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office said it will almost certainly invalidate the last of NTP’s patents, which BlackBerry owner Research In Motion was previously found to infringe. [In related news, Western Union recently announced the …

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How to survive a BlackBerry blackout

I still don’t think there will be any vast RIM BlackBerry shutdown. But for those who disagree, there is some advice on what to do. First, don’t panic! (And make sure you have your towel.) RIM hasn’t released its technical work-around details but did say it will require software upgrades to servers and devices. Alternatively, Nokia, Good Technology and Vista are all NTP patent licensees. Device-wise, there will be hacks to make BlackBerrys work with other servers. Also, with the new Palm …

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RIM emphasizes injunction work-around

Research In Motion, without revealing technical details, reiterated that its work-around to NTP’s patents is ready in case a new injunction is issued. The work-around would be pre-installed on new BlackBerry devices; they weren’t clear on the installation process for current owners. On the other hand, the injunction hearing doesn’t happen until February 24, which gives the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office a whole month to finish its expected invalidating of the NTP patents. [Ed. note: …

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SPOTLIGHT: Public debate on GPL 3 draft begins


As expected, the first public draft of the General Public License 3 became available yesterday. The changes from version 2, officials of the Free Software Foundation said, include coverage of digital rights management, patents, and copyright issues. Let the open debate begin. Article

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Critics say FAT patent still debatable

With the dust settling from Microsoft’s victory of having its file allocation table patents re-validated by the government, critics are saying that companies and software which could be infringement suit targets by Microsoft have one more weapon available. Basically, the issues of invalidity and prior art can still be used as an infringement defense, not only by companies that are sued by Microsoft but also as a preemptive suit. So if you favor Linux and were worried, don’t be.

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– read this Linux Watch article

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FAT patent concern: Linux killer or scaremongering?

Microsoft received a federal ruling this week rebuking claims against its File Allocation Table patents. Microsoft argued that FAT was first built in 1976 and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office basically agreed, saying the patents are “novel and non-obvious.” That creates a huge potential land mine for the Linux community, because Microsoft can now seek royalties for FAT code, some say. Is the claim legitimate or just anti-Microsoft scaremongering? Only time will tell.

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Patent Office likely to back BlackBerry maker

NTP and BlackBerry maker Research In Motion were told by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that NTP patents which RIM was found to have infringed upon will probably soon be invalidated anyway. You can’t infringe an invalid patent, right? (Any patent or tech lawyers out there want to elaborate on that?) So anyone worrying about a BlackBerry shutdown should sleep a lot better tonight.

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Thunderbird 1.5 gets ready to fly

The new Thunderbird 1.5 email client, unlike the 1.0 version, is feature-rich and reliable. But what you really want to know is how it compares to Microsoft Outlook and Lotus Notes, right? In some ways it’s better, because it’s cost-free and open-source, comes with built-in phishing protection and, of course, can run on Windows, Linux, Solaris, MacOS, etc. What it lacks are the solid groupware features found in Microsoft Exchange/Outlook and Lotus Groupwise/Notes.

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