At last: Filing patents is been patented!

11. January, 2011

Just before the end of last year, a gaping hole has been closed in the struggle to turn the world in a lawyer’s playground: IBM has filed a patent that patents filing patents.

Whenever you apply for a new patent, you’ll have to pay royalties to IBM! It’s like the invention of the self-printing money! Well done! 🙂

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FreeType with hinting after patent expires

19. July, 2010

From the announcement:

Since May 2010, all patents regarding the TrueType bytecode interpreter have expired worldwide. Consequently, we now define TT_CONFIG_OPTION_BYTECODE_INTERPRETER by default (and undefine TT_CONFIG_OPTION_UNPATENTED_HINTING).

Finally.


Monsanto files patent on how to feed pigs

28. April, 2010

Another abuse of the patent system has just surfaced: Monsanto is trying to patent how to feed pigs … er … improved corn: METHODS OF FEEDING PIGS AND PRODUCTS COMPRISING BENEFICIAL FATTY ACIDS

A great day for science and mankind, indeed. Obviously we did fed the poor animals so wrong for the past 15’000 years that a company as caring and social as Monsanto could no longer stand by idly and had to act to the benefit of all of us and the abused creatures.