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Apr 01, 2004

US patent approves security IT patents

The US Patent and Trademark Office has issued two patents for security company Network Associates - one for "cleaning a computer"... Continue Reading


By Antony Savvas Feb 03, 2006

Jpeg patent under scrutiny

The US Patent and Trademark Office is to re-examine the validity of the Jpeg image patent held by Forgent Networks, after lobbying by the Public Patent Foundation Continue Reading


Jun 14, 2004

Fat patent under review

The US Patent and Trademark Office has agreed to review Microsoft's software patent covering the Fat (file allocation table) file... Continue Reading


Aug 02, 2004

Microsoft patents could threaten Linux

A total of 283 registered software patents, including 27 held by Microsoft, could conceivably be used as the basis of patent... Continue Reading


Apr 19, 2004

Watchdog challenges Microsoft patent

A New York nonprofit patent group has claimed that a seven-year-old patent Microsoft holds for the FAT file system is invalid. Continue Reading


By Bill Goodwin Apr 30, 2009

Don't rock the boat on software patents

A decision on whether software inventions should be patented in Europe is nearing, pending the outcome of the European Patent Office (EPO) Enlarged Board...

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May 13, 2004

Eolas patent defended before US patent office

The Regents of the University of California have defended a controversial patent it holds and that critics fear could damage the... Continue Reading


By Antony Savvas Dec 18, 2006

Amazon countersues over web patents has countersued IBM in a continuing battle over web patents. Continue Reading


Sep 13, 2000

Method patent goldrush spreads

In the past year, the patenting of business methods has featured prominently in the US headlines. For example,'s US patent infringement action... Continue Reading


Manage Feb 01, 2010

Business method patents ruling could spell relief from patent trolls

Business method patents have created a legal minefield, but the patent risk landscape may be altered by a court decision that could rewrite business method patent law. Continue Reading