This is a hot intellectual property story doing the rounds at the moment. It has certainly created a lot of attention (and anger!) which is apparent in the hundreds of comments left on the above linked news sites. In short a patent infringement case has been filed by Microsoft against TomTom (the makers of in-car sat nav systems). However, the real “story” seems to be a larger issue being described as “the first shot fired by Microsoft vs. Free Software” (see full blog posting). This in turn is making some nervous that Linux might be next in the firing line (see item here) It’s going to be one to watch for those involved in open source-projects.
CAS-IP Photos on Flickr
- Follow @CLIP_NET
- ABS access & benefit sharing africa AGM agriculture attribution branding case case study CBD CGIAR China CIMMYT coffee copyright counterfeiting database datasharing defensive publication development digitisation enforcement Enola EPO ethics Ethiopia expert comment fair use food crisis food security funding/donor genetic resources google books India Indonesia infringement innovation IP landscape Kenya knowledge licences licenses market development NPI open access open source partnerships patent patents piracy plagiarism policy ppp prior art privacy private sector public domain publicly funded research PVP research resource seed seeds social media system dynamics Tanzania tech transfer the international treaty trademark trademarks traditional knowledge TRIPS USAID USPTO WIPO