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Episode 28: I Paid $12.4 Billion and All I Got Was This Lousy Patent Portfolio

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In the News

– Google buys Motorola mobility, likely for the patent portfolio:

  • Laura disagrees with her antitrust professor on the difference between open source and unfettered licensing, and thinks this deal is more analogous to Microsoft’s bias toward including Internet Explorer on Windows machines.

– Speaking of patents, how ’bout the Fed Circuit’s [Sweet] interpretation of Bilski? (Josh’s edit.)

  • “Such a method that can be performed by human thought alone is merely an abstract idea and is not patent-eligible under section 101 [of the Patent Code].” I probe Laura on why she thinks this is “dangerously overbroad.”

– Josh thinks you’d be crazy not to listen to the recent This American Life podcast on “When Patents Attack!” After you listen to our podcast, of course.

-”This Is My Next” editorial on software patents and the system’s inability to handle them: http://thisismynext.com/2011/08/11/broken-patent-system/

– Do you like text messaging? Do you like paying a ridiculous amount of money? Then you’re in luck! http://www.engadget.com/2011/08/17/atandt-streamlining-individual-messaging-plans-august-21st-leavin/. AT&T is ditching their previous plans and only offering unlimited plans for $20. Way to go, AT&T. Just in time for iMessaging to kill text messages.

Love for Our Geeks

– @andyfromcornell writes in to pimp the Penn State Law Civil Rights Clinic’s recent grant of cert in Coleman v. Maryland Court of Appeals.
– Love for @typogforlawyers on ATL: http://abovethelaw.com/2011/08/small-firms-big-lawyers-a-period-piece/
(And an adorable discussion between Matthew and Bryan Garner on Twitter.)

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