Michael Weinberg’s follow-up whitepaper to “It will be awesome if they don’t screw it up.”
This is wonderfully random: illustrations used to illustrate patent applications but without the context.
A superb scathing piece by Andy, who has a personal perspective on Yahoo’s massively dick move in deploying the patent nuclear option against Facebook.
MPEG LA’s AVC License Will Not Charge Royalties for Internet Video That Is Free to End Users Through Life of License | Business Wire
Well, well, well. It looks like h264 is not going to be torpedoing us with any submarine patents anytime soon ...but this only applies to end users, not browser makers. Sigh.
A thoughtful piece by John Gruber on HTML5 video: yes, software patents are toxic to the web but perhaps H.264 isn't the worst offender.
Microsoft are trying to patent sparklines. Twunts.
The spectre of patents is hurting progress on the web.
Further proof, as if any were needed, that the patent system turns into a steaming pile of shit as soon as it has dealings with software.
A wonderful example of why the patent system is so totally b0rked and completely unsuited to software. Someone patent Ajax (or Remote Scripting, if you prefer) back in 2001. Un. Bel. Eeeevable.
Finally, questions are being asked about some of the more ludicrous patents out there. "Have inventors been busy patenting laws of nature, natural phenomena and abstract ideas?" Duh!
An article delving into the crazy, crazy world of the US Patent Office.
This, my friends, is the number of the beast.