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If you’re a startup, you should not use React (reflecting on the BSD + patents license)
"“BSD + patents” essentially means that the code is open (for everyone to see and use), but it’s always copyrighted by Facebook. And they grant you a patent license as long as you’re nice to them by never suing Facebook for patent infringement."
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yesterday by niksilver
Amazon patent controversy
Year 2000 history about software patent debate
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4 days ago by nelson
Saved by Alice: How a Key Supreme Court Decision Protects Businesses from Bad Patents | Electronic Frontier Foundation
In 2014’s Alice v. CLS Bank, the Supreme Court ruled that an abstract idea does not become eligible for a patent simply by being implemented on a generic computer. Since then, Alice has provided a lifeline for real businesses threatened or sued with bogus patents.
This week, on the third anniversary of Alice, EFF is launching a new series called Saved by Alice where we’ll collect these stories of times when Alice came to the rescue. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing stories of business owners large and small. You’ll meet an app developer who was sued over a bogus patent on computerized treasure hunts, a software company whose customers were targeted by a patent troll, and a photographer sued for practices that had been common in the field for years. These stories all have one thing in common: someone with a patent on an abstract idea sued a small business, and that business could have lost everything. But Alice came to the rescue.
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11 days ago by rgl7194
Apple patents way to use FaceTime camera and sensors to take health measurements | iLounge News
A recent Apple patent describes new ways to use the FaceTime camera and accompanying sensors in current iPhones to take health measurements. The process “uses one or more of the camera and the proximity sensor to emit light into a body part of a user touching a surface of the electronic device and one or more of the camera, the ambient light sensor, and the proximity sensor to receive at least part of the emitted light reflected by the body part of the user,” much like the Apple Watch uses reflected light from the sensors in contact with a user’s skin to take its measurements. With added sensors in future devices to boost what is already there, Apple claims it might be able to provide “a blood pressure index, a blood hydration, a body fat content, an oxygen saturation, a pulse rate, a perfusion index, an electrocardiogram, a photoplethysmogram, and/or any other such health data.” [via 9to5Mac]
apple  patents  health  facetime  iphone 
13 days ago by rgl7194
Apple lawsuits
I (myself) believe that the definition of "patent troll" also includes those that try to patent everything and anything, basically just throwing 'stuff' against the wall to see what sticks, even if it's not worthy of a patent. Well, according to this article, Apple perfectly fits that definition as well.

"Patent bully" is another term that exists out there, usually reserved for those that not only have amassed a massive portfolio of patents (some/many of which might be bogus/invalid, but simply haven't been challenged/invalidated yet), but also have amassed hordes of cash to help them outspend the opposition in trials, regardless of the merits of the patents on either side.
apple  patents 
18 days ago by foliovision

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