[Linux-aus] AUSFTA - time to start doing more
michael at msdavies.net
Thu Jun 3 18:43:01 UTC 2004
I agree - if there's a problem then a better example should be used - but
having an article pulled from smh doesn't make it less real.
Looking at the patent in question (see
it appears to talk about single clicks, double clicks and long clicks as
differentiators of functional behaviour on a "limited resource computing
device". While not as broad in scope as the original claim, it still
seems a little bit trivial to be granted a patent on double clicking on a
So a more relevant example should be cited - but this patent grant is
still wrong (but IANAL). [Note to self - do more research before using
on-line articles as reference sources]
I was trying to point out that (bad) software patents continue to be
granted - so we should make use of this great opportunity with the AUSFTA
to ensure Australia doesn't go down the same patent path - and inherit the
same legal minefield as in the USA.
Thanks for noticing a problem,
<quote who="Brendon Chase">
> I don't mean to take the wind out of the sails from the AUSFTA stance
> by Linux Australia but this story was taken off the SMH Web site.
> I'm presuming that it was incorrect if the story was pulled.
> Maybe a more accurate story would be a better example?
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> Subject: [Linux-aus] AUSFTA - time to start doing more
> Microsoft has just been granted a US patent for double-clicking.
> See http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/06/02/1086058889577.html for
> Earlier in the year they filed for "virtual desktop navigation"
> (remember that twm had this years ago). Bad patents are getting
> awarded all the time.
> Have you done something about stopping US-style patents coming into
> Australia? Under the AUSFTA these sorts of things will start happening
> here unless we stand up and be counted.
> See http://linux.org.au/fta for ways you can help - right now
> petitioning your local member of parliament is something you might like
> to do.
> Linux Australia also has a wiki -
> http://lactte.linux.org.au/twiki/bin/view/Main/FTA - so you can record
> what you say to which politician.
> Everyone in the Open-Source community should get involved if they can.
> This is important for our future.
> Michael Davies Linux.Conf.Au Canberra Apr 18-23 2005
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