On the Map," Israeli director Dani Menkin tells the story of the Israeli basketball team Maccabi Tel Aviv’s shocking upset of longtime powerhouse Central Sport Club of the Army (CSKA) Moscow in the 1977 EuroLeague playoffs, a victory that, in the immortal (and grammatically incorrect) Hebrew words of the team’s Israeli-American captain Tal Brody, finally put Israel “on the map.” Now, some 40 years later, Israel once again finds itself on the map, this time in the realm of intellectual property, after Israeli company Mobli sold a key “geofiltering” patent last month to Snap for a reported $7.7 million — the largest sale to date of an Israeli patent.
MCM Porfolio v. Hewlett-Packard, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit – which has exclusive jurisdiction over patent appeals – ruled that the inter partes review (IPR) mechanism enacted in 2011 by Congress did not violate either Article III of the Constitution or the Seventh Amendment. IPR was created to provide a fast, cheap, and easy way to invalidate “shaky” patents, including those used by so-called non-practicing entities – also known as patent "trolls" – to extract litigation verdicts and settlements from companies, especially in the software field.
Keyser Soze. Only a month ago, as Congress returned from its summer recess, both the House and the Senate appeared poised to advance several patent reform measures that had stalled before the recess amid heavy fighting between different interest groups. There seemed to be momentum toward something happening in Congress, or at least that’s what most of our distinguished experts expressed during AEI’s wide-ranging panel on patent reform in early September (video of which is available here). But then House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) resigned his post, a chaotic (and still-unresolved) succession battle ensued, and patent reform appeared to fall off a cliff.
Open Source Initiative characterizes OS software as “software that harnesses the power of distributed peer review and transparency of process” in order to provide “better quality, higher reliability, more flexibility, lower cost, and an end to predatory vendor lock-in.”