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More Oracle Patents Declared Invalid 150

Posted by Soulskill
from the quarterly-revenue-projections-dropping dept.
sfcrazy writes "The validity of another Oracle patent has become doubtful in the dispute with Google about the infringement of Java patents and copyrights on Android devices. The US Patent Office and Trademark Office (USPTO) has provisionally declared all 24 claims of patent number 6,125,447 as being invalid. The USPTO based its decision on a patent that had been used in another case. This patent was granted in 1994 – three years before Sun filed its Java patent application. The US patent office also considered two publications released in 1996 as evidence that Sun's described method for protecting applications via 'protection domains' was anticipated by 'prior art.'"
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More Oracle Patents Declared Invalid

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  • by flibuste (523578) on Monday July 04, 2011 @09:35PM (#36657200)
    So in light of a lawsuit, the USPTO finds out that a granted patent should not have been granted. Or many. Everyone is focusing on the impact this may have on the case, but no question asked about the USPTO? (besides Slashdotters?)
  • Re:another win! (Score:5, Interesting)

    by tom17 (659054) on Monday July 04, 2011 @09:42PM (#36657234) Homepage

    Nevermind screw Oracle. This is another win for Screw Software Patents!

  • Eat Poop! (Score:2, Interesting)

    by abulafia (7826) on Monday July 04, 2011 @09:45PM (#36657250)

    Who the hell cares about corporate winners (modulo folks with stock, or other stakes)?

    I care about good tech.

    Eat it. It tastes good, if you chew a bit. No, there's a bit on your chin, see, there. No, well, let me help.

    Jim, me need a helmet.

    I'm sure this is just an episode.

    Well, whatever, then. We'll need VB coders until we can't pay the cooling bills on those boxes, so... Can't fix everything.

  • by WindBourne (631190) on Monday July 04, 2011 @10:03PM (#36657328) Journal
    Happens all the time. Now that I am dealing with a number of patents issued in the last decade, I have found that many of the USPTO ppl were foreigners working here (mostly chinese). I have already come across 6 patents issued over the last 7 years that have prior art (this is for PHYSICAL items, not software).

    Basically, USPTO was gutted under W. It needs to be revamped and restore to what happened to it.
  • Die, Oracle Troll (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Doc Ruby (173196) on Monday July 04, 2011 @10:35PM (#36657436) Homepage Journal

    None of these Oracle patents are "promoting science or the useful arts". They're obviously just ways for Oracle to compete without doing anything for anyone, by buying a monopoly impeding the progress of others who are investing in doing something with invention.

    A corporate repeat offender should be prohibited from getting any new "temporary" government monopolies like patents when proving they are a serial abuser. That might make their corporate boards think twice before trolling, and costing the people and the markets so much in lost time and expensive government mediation.

  • Re:another win! (Score:5, Interesting)

    by TooMuchToDo (882796) on Monday July 04, 2011 @11:44PM (#36657688)

    This (the hoarding of patents, not just software, but large swaths of patent "property") is disgustingly similar to lords owning the land, and the serfs paying rent to farm it. I believe in copyright and software patents for your average citizen to enrich themselves due to their innovation and ingeunity, but I don't believe large corporations should be able to hold us hostage with patent portfolios.

    Patents should be like stock, with multiple classes. You're the original inventor who registeredt he patent? Class A patent. Longer duration, more protections.
    You're a business who owns the patent? Class B patent. Shorter duration, less protections.
    You're a "patent portfolio" company? Class C patent. Shortest duration, fewest protections.

    This is not perfect, but please tweak it. Maybe we'll get something more sane than what we already have.

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