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Patent marking of Monsanto's beans
Authored by: gfim on Thursday, February 21 2013 @ 06:00 PM EST
In a comment on the earlier article, Jonathon Swift (a.k.a celtic_hackr) raised
a point about patent marking of Monsanto's beans. My reply to that comment will
be lost in the mists of time, but it may be important. So, with your
forgiveness, I'll repeat it here...

Assume that Monsanto did mark all of the patented soybeans and the farmer
planted them (as he is allowed to). When the crop grew, would the beans produced
from that crop have the marking? If it was genetic marking (i.e. the beans were
genetically modified to have "Patent XXX" printed on them), then the
progeny would have it too (subject to mutations). But, if Monsanto just printed
ink onto the original patented beans, then the progeny beans would not have the
marking and would thence be unpatented. QED!


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President Obama on Patents
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, February 21 2013 @ 06:09 PM EST

Published on Feb 21, 2013

President Obama responds to a question in a Google+ Hangout to discuss his State of the Union Address. Watch the full hangout: Zo0XyNsw

One posted comment:

I think "responds" is appropriate because he never answered the question.

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Jury failures and judges taking them seriously.
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, February 21 2013 @ 06:32 PM EST
Here is an interesting example Koh should probably learn from: The judge had to consider, Edis said, "whether the worry this document generates is such as to create a substantial concern it[the jury] has sufficiently grasped its task to be allowed safely to continue".

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Interesting article relevant to patent legal cases
Authored by: bugstomper on Thursday, February 21 2013 @ 06:53 PM EST
While searching around looking for more detail on the amicus curiae in Oracle vs Google that was filed by Eugene H. Spafford et al I happened upon a blog post he wrote on his experience as an expert witness in a different patent case:

My Time in Delaware –or- Fun With Patent Litigation

Here is the lead sentence of his much longer article

I was recently involved in a major patent infringement case. Quite a few people knew I was involved and asked me questions I couldn’t answer until the case was finished. That happened recently — the jury returned a verdict on December 20 — and so I’m going to recount a little of the experience here.

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Map creating software
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, February 22 2013 @ 12:06 AM EST
Does anybody know of an application that will allow me to generate (picture
files of) historical maps - the extend of the Habsburg Empire in 1876, say, or
the Frankish empire in 800.
It will need to run in Linux.

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Bill Forcing Government Agencies to Publish Research Papers Reintroduced in Congress
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, February 22 2013 @ 06:41 AM EST
The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act, or Fastra, which would force free access to copyrighted articles based on government-funded research, was reintroduced into the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives Feb. 14.

Bill Forcing Government Agencies to Publish Research Papers Reintroduced in Congress (Bureau of National Affairs).

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New Help Dek Comic
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, February 22 2013 @ 06:48 AM EST

Angry Mammals


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New XKCD Comic - Appropos 10 years into the SCOG Saga
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, February 22 2013 @ 06:51 AM EST

Time Robot


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Big Brother's Shadow: Decline in Electronic Surveillance by Canadian Federal Law Enforcement
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, February 22 2013 @ 09:32 AM EST

Despite popular perception of increased government surveillance, a longitudinal study of the Annual Reports on the Use of Electronic Surveillance published by Public Safety Canada between 1973 and 2011, demonstrates the opposite trend.

This paper first outlines this decline to situate the use of electronic surveillance by federal law enforcement. The second section of the paper advances legal, political, and practical influences which are likely contributing to diminished use of wiretapping by police.

The purpose of this paper is to present quantitative evidence to better inform the ongoing debate around extending “lawful access” regimes in Canada. By using official government statistics as a foundation, this paper provides a practical grounding to the theoretical academic and legal research which often informs law, legislation and public policy governing the use of surveillance technology.

Nicholas Koutros & Julien Demers, Social Science Research Network

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SCO showed MS the way
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, February 22 2013 @ 08:10 PM EST
After reading this article it sounded eerily like a certain other IP licensing program: Microsoft, Nikon Ink Latest Android Patent Deal

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