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EFF worried patent reform will halt watchdog project

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 06 Feb 2008 14:23 User comments (11)

EFF worried patent reform will halt watchdog project As patent reform legislation makes its way through the U.S. Congress the reaction from EFF activists has been generally positive. However, that may be changing now that they've examined a Senate Judiciary Committee report on the version of the legislation which recently passed the House of Representatives. According to that report, the Patent Reform Act of 2007 changes the rules for third parties like the EFF, making it virtually impossible for them to challenge patents except within the first 12 months after its approval.
Currently the EFF's Patent Busting Project is working to get a number of patents nullified, including 1-click online shopping (U.S. Patent No. 5,960,411), online shopping carts (U.S. Patent No. 5,715,314), hyperlinking (U.S. Patent No. 4,873,662.), Streaming video (U.S. Patent No. 5,132,992), and popup windows (U.S. Patent No. 6,389,458). Although many individuals and organizations have spoken out about patent reform in the U.S., the EFF has gone a step further to legal action, wihch appears to be in jeapordy of being halted as the project picks up steam.

Under current law, an organization with no direct financial interest in a patent must already provide funding to pay for the many man-hours involved in a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) investigation. It seems odd that what appears to be an essential check against abuse of the patent system would be eliminated in the name of reform.

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11 user comments

16.2.2008 14:29

So does this mean that my patent covering on-line news stories is going to be overturned?

26.2.2008 16:26
Ludikhris
Inactive

I hoep this goes through. The EFF have been threatening to challenge my patent of the letter 'A'. After years of sponsoring shows such as "seasame street" I can't believe they are trying to shoot down our patents on wide ranges of general items. Just remember: anytime you use the letter "a" you owe me $.05

36.2.2008 17:47

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ah agree with that, remember me? your long lost twin who helped you discover the letter 'a'.
Right wheres that list of cars I always wanted!!!

47.2.2008 7:52

Oh reform to remove oversight....how I love thee.

57.2.2008 16:55

Very good ZIP you didnt use the letter 'a' once. Come on, you no, you must do it. Lol

67.2.2008 16:59

Originally posted by joe777:
Very good ZIP you didnt use the letter 'a' once. Come on, you no, you must do it. Lol
Aarrrggg matey!
:P

Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Lets renegotiate them.

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77.2.2008 20:25

The EFF is awesome. THERE'S a group of people with their heads on their shoulders. Like the whole "RIAA vs. The People" the people report you should take a read through it if you feel so inclined. It makes so much sense it's scary.

You can read it here: RIAA_at_FOUR

87.2.2008 20:33
varnull
Inactive

I'm a member.. Where does it look like a fair democracy when patent abuses can't be challenged?

In a state that isn't a fair and open democracy.. in a state where big business theft and exploitation are the norm, elected representatives represent themselves and their pockets and ordinary people have lost hope of change that's where.

viva la revolution..

98.2.2008 21:09

Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
Originally posted by joe777:
Very good ZIP you didnt use the letter 'a' once. Come on, you no, you must do it. Lol
Aarrrggg matey!
:P
Thats more like it!!!!! Aarrrggg to you to matey.
Now that will be 10 cents for my twin and I. Major credit cards are welcome and paypal also. But please do not send monopoly money as our source @ disneyworld does not have a good exchange rate:P

108.2.2008 22:08

Originally posted by joe777:
Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
Originally posted by joe777:
Very good ZIP you didnt use the letter 'a' once. Come on, you no, you must do it. Lol
Aarrrggg matey!
:P
Thats more like it!!!!! Aarrrggg to you to matey.
Now that will be 10 cents for my twin and I. Major credit cards are welcome and paypal also. But please do not send monopoly money as our source @ disneyworld does not have a good exchange rate:P

the way the USD is falling monopoly money would be worth investing in :P

Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Lets renegotiate them.

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112.3.2008 7:18

They are just creating more red tape and with each new law comes a new loop hole.

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