Archive for August, 2009

In Re Bilski Amicus Brief by Legal OnRamp

August 24, 2009

Legal OnRamp, an online social networking cite for lawyers, has filed a friend-of-the-court amicus brief in the Bilski case. The brief, which is not on behalf of either party, argues that the Federal Circuit decision should be affirmed, though on different grounds. Legal OnRamp argues that the U.S. Supreme Court should affirm the judgment and preclude pure business methods from patentability, but that the machine-or-transformaiton test is unduly restrictive and provides little guidance to the courts and the industry as to what is patentable subject matter.

Legal OnRamp Amicus Brief

Podcasting patent

August 9, 2009

Chris O’Brien of the San Jose Mercury writes about Murgesh Navar, whose company Volomedia has come under fire for obtaining a patent on “episodic media”, which Navar interprets as applying to podcasting- companies post media files on a website, which people can subscribe to via a client for regular downloading.  The podcasting community was up in arms over the award of a patent that many feels patented technology that has been in use for years, and O’Brien suggests that the podcasting patent reveals the flaws in the  U.S. patent system.

O’Brien: Podcasting patent reveals problems in system.