My name is Bill, I am a recent graduate in Information Sciences and Technology from Penn State University and this is a place for me to post or give my 2 cents on the fascinating world of technology. I am now working for a pretty big technology related company whose name I will leave out just to avoid any possible complications, however far-fetched them happening may be. Music gets included from time to time as well.

December 5, 2013 10:02 pm
House of Representatives passes widely supported bill to fight patent trolls

From what I am reading this is an important first step.  Basically it makes it so that if you sue somebody for infringement, you better be damn sure you have a case.  However I do think that if we truly want to revive an environment where patents actually encourage innovation it requires an overall of how patents actually work.  Most, if not all, patent law was written years before the internet and other key aspects of the modern environment existed.  The 30 year time period and some types of innovations protected are no longer relevant.

October 2, 2012 10:12 pm
Judge decries “excessive” copyright and software patent protections | Ars Technica

“The problem of excessive patent protection is at present best illustrated by the software industry. This is a progressive, dynamic industry rife with invention. But the conditions that make patent protection essential in the pharmaceutical industry are absent. Nowadays most software innovation is incremental, created by teams of software engineers at modest cost, and also ephemeral—most software inventions are quickly superseded. Software innovation tends to be piecemeal—not entire devices, but components, so that a software device (a cellphone, a tablet, a laptop, etc.) may have tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands, of separate components (bits of software code or bits of hardware), each one arguably patentable. The result is huge patent thickets, creating rich opportunities for trying to hamstring competitors by suing for infringement—and also for infringing, and then challenging the validity of the patent when the patentee sues you.”

September 18, 2012 11:51 pm August 25, 2012 1:51 pm
"Today’s verdict should not be viewed as a win for Apple, but as a loss for the American consumer. It will lead to fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices. It is unfortunate that patent law can be manipulated to give one company a monopoly over rectangles with rounded corners, or technology that is being improved every day by Samsung and other companies."
9:29 am

Apple-Samsung jury reconsidering two issues in patent case | LA Times


Reposted from on August 24, 2012 at 08:40PM

The judge presiding over the infringement case between Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. spotted two inconsistencies in the jury’s pro-Apple verdict and asked the nine-member jury to return to the deliberation room to reconsider the issues.

August 2, 2012 3:18 pm
Apple or Samsung: You Decide

Admittedly I am fairly biased against Apple, but some of the patents they’re claiming are just ridiculous.  What’s everyone else’s opinion of this case?

June 30, 2012 2:19 am
Samsung Barred From U.S. Nexus Phone Sales in Apple Suit

I don’t understand how this is any more infringement than any other android device.  This better not result in the Galaxy S3 getting blocked or I’m going to be pissed.

May 31, 2012 8:10 pm
Netwire: Summary of decisions in Oracle case against Google


A federal judge in San Francisco has handed Oracle another setback in its case against Google. Oracle Corp. had accused Google Inc. of stealing Oracle’s Java programming language to build Google‘s Android software for mobile devices.

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May 23, 2012 3:07 pm
Jury: Google did not infringe Oracle patents with Android | The Verge

How the jury decided that android infringed on copyright but not patents is beyond me. While I can’t say I disagree with the outcome, this entire trial was incredibly strange. Of course we still have to see what the judge decides about whether API’s are covered by copyright or not but I don’t see there being any chance of Oracle coming away from this happy.

May 16, 2012 3:09 pm
Oracle and Google take copyright damages out of the jury's hands | The Verge

“If Alsup finds that the SSO is copyrightable, the two minor infringement counts will be bundled along with the SSO charge to be handled in any new trial or appeal. If he rules against Oracle on this point, however, Alsup will simply award Oracle statutory damages — a maximum of $150,000 for each of the two counts. That doesn’t leave Oracle out in the cold, though; Alsup’s ruling on SSO copyrightability will no doubt be appealed, and should it be overturned and the case sent down to be tried again, Oracle will have the opportunity to re-open the two minor copyright counts to go after larger damages.”