Tag Archives: software

Computer user interface – beyond Intellectual Property?

Microsoft announced that it opened up the core code of its Kinect motion-sensing device. This is a very interesting development in the light of recent decisions on whether Intellectual Property protection applies to computer – user interfaces. In other words, does Intellectual Property apply to how we talk to computers? Back in 2010, when Microsoft Read more …

When everything becomes software, how does that affect IP strategy?

Everything becomes software Marc Andreessen, co-founder of Netscape and currently co-founder and general partner of the venture capital firm Andreessen-Horowitz, wrote in August 2011 in the Wall Street Journal about how “Software is eating the world”. While Mr Andreessen was building on earlier observations, such as the author of this article, that software is the Read more …

Should software businesses use IPRs to force their customers to stay with them?

Increasingly, software businesses are suing 3rd party providers on the basis of copyright. Whether those 3rd party providers are in breach depends a lot on context – there’s no easy answer. But is it a good idea to use IPRs to force vendor lock-in on your customers? Rimini Street is a fairly young business, it Read more …

Open Source hardware – does it work?

Open Source hardware is the next step in the development of “open” licenses; A review of the most important OS hardware licenses show them to be a combination of known techniques, like creative commons, and “covenant not to sue” for patents or design rights; Their validity and enforceability seem somewhat weaker than the software Open Read more …

End of the App story?

Do you know Pokki? Neither did I, until I read about in the FT. Apparently, Pokki allows developers to create software as Apps, using HTML5 (the next generation of website/internet development language). The really interesting bit in the blog was this: through use of this new technology, anyone could develop any App for the Apple Read more …

How will Technology affect IPRs? – 3D printing

Have you also noticed how new technologies seem to spring up all around us? In a series of blogs, I’m going to look at how they could affect Intellectual Property Rights, and how this, in turn impacts business models around innovation. Today, I’ll write about 3D-printing. What is 3D-printing? It is a process of manufacturing Read more …

No copyright on “interface” – that’s GUI for you!

Yesterday, 22 December 2010, the European Court of Justice ruled on a very interesting question: does software protection apply to the graphical user interface (GUI)? The answer was no. This may not surprise lawyers, but my guess is it would surprise IT people. IT lawyers know that in the EU, software protection (a specific form Read more …

Google Apps – who owns them?

I’ve written about software written by other software before on this blog. Now the practice is really taking off: Google has released its Google Android Apps inventor program. What does it mean? Anybody registered can start developing Google Android Apps. These are applications (software), where not a single line of code is written by humans. Read more …