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Fed. Circuit: “open source” licenses are protected by copyright

  • Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
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  • USA
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  • October 3 2008

A squabble among model railroad enthusiasts has derailed some assumptions about the enforceability of “open source” licenses, generating a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that could expose users of free software to claims of copyright infringement

Federal Circuit validates open source licenses

  • Fenwick & West LLP
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  • USA
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  • October 17 2008

Although open source software licenses have been used for years, there have been relatively few court decisions on open source issues

Copyright infringement of open source software in Canada

  • Bereskin & Parr LLP
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  • Canada, USA
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  • November 4 2008

Open source software (“OSS”) may be used by the public free of charge, however, its use is not free of risk

Knowledgeaz, Inc. v. Jim Walters Resources, Inc., et al.

  • Loeb & Loeb LLP
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  • USA
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  • October 15 2008

Plaintiff is a software company that filed suit against two of its former employees, their new businesses, a former customer and two of its employees, alleging, among other things, copyright infringement of an original software program and a subsequent version of the program

In Re Bilski decision clarifies criteria required for process claims, including business methods and computer software claims

  • Alston & Bird LLP
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  • USA
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  • November 3 2008

On October 30, 2008, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit handed down its holding in the In Re Bilski case, which has been much anticipated because of the potential effect on the patentability of business method and computer software inventions

Open source licensing: caution and considerations in light of Jacobsen v. Katzer

  • Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
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  • USA
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  • October 27 2008

The advantages of open source software (e.g., no license fee; access to robust development platform) as well as its risks (e.g., varying open source license terms; notice requirements; obligations to disclose developments) are, by now, generally appreciated

In re Bilski establishes machine-or-transformation test

  • Squire Patton Boggs
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  • USA
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  • October 30 2008

A decade ago in State Street Bank & Trust Co. v. Signature Financial Group, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued an opinion that has been widely perceived to encourage a substantial increase in patents directed to business methods and to software programs

Federal Circuit turns back the clock on patent eligibility

  • Hunton & Williams LLP
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  • USA
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  • October 31 2008

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“Federal Circuit”) yesterday rendered its highly anticipated en banc decision in In re Bilski, No. 2007-1130, slip op. (Fed. Cir. Oct. 30, 2008

Exhaustion doctrine is very exhausting in the United States

  • McDermott Will & Emery
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  • USA
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  • October 31 2008

It has taken a long time, but the U.S. Supreme Court has finally ruled in the patent royalties case between LG Electronics and a number of computer manufacturers regarding exhaustion of patent rights in the United States

Thinking of using a contractor for software development? Define any division of intellectual property in writing

  • McDermott Will & Emery
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  • USA
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  • October 31 2008

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court’s finding of an unlimited, non-exclusive and implied license to use, modify and retain the source code of programs developed by a contractor for a company, relying on the course of dealings between the parties