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In the High-Tech industry, the machinations of the US Supreme Court are, at
best, fodder for dinner party trivia questions. There is one case on the
Supreme Court docket this year that has the potential to change the way
intellectual property protected in the United States, and have a major effect
on the software companies who rely on the patent process. It could also have
a devastating effect on innovation.
The case, known as ”Bilski v. Kappos” (AKA “In Re Bilski”), has to do
with what subject matter can be protected by a patent. In this case, the
inventors, Bernard L. Bilski and Rand Warsaw, filed a patent application for
a process of hedging risk in energy contracts. The requirement is that
invention must be “concrete” and” produce a useful result”.
The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) rejected the inventors’
application, on the ... (more)
CA Session at Cloud Expo
Computer Associates announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to
buy Virtual Data Center provider 3Tera. Chris O'Malley, EVP, Cloud Products
for Computer Associates announced the acquisition at an investors conference
in San Francisco today.
“CIOs can use cloud computing to build and manage a new type of IT
‘supply chain’ across today’s virtualized internal and external
technology infrastructure,” said O’Malley.. “3Tera technology is a
powerful addition to the total solution CA provides for optimizing these
high-value supply chains—from the m... (more)
Linux is taking the world of Java application servers by storm. Recently, Sun
Microsystems hosted an event to tout the adoption of the latest version of
the enterprise Java platform, known as Java 2 platform, Enterprise Edition,
or simply J2EE 1.4. At this event, many of the application server vendors
were present. Nearly all of them said Linux is making huge gains as the
platform of choice for developing and deploying enterprise Java applications.
The event featured a panel with well-known application server vendors IBM,
BEA, Oracle, JBoss, and Sun. It also included smaller vendo... (more)
The LinuxWorld San Francisco 2004 Conference & Expo opened yesterday with a
Red Hat keynote which at times seemed like a case study and at times like a
political candidate's speech.
The keynote opened with a talk by Chris Hjelm, CTO of online travel site
Orbitz. Since its public launch in 2001, Orbitz has become one of the three
largest online travel companies with access to 455 airlines, 65,000 hotel
properties, and 23 rental car companies. It also touts 20% more choice than
its competitors in terms of travel options returned.
Linux - and Java - have played an important role in O... (more)
IBM and the Apache Foundation announced that IBM is contributing the
Cloudscape product it acquired from Informix to the Apache open source
program. The project name for the effort will be "Derby." The contribution
amounts to more than 500,000 lines of Java code. In related news IBM also
clarified its Linux distribution strategy.
An IBM press release said that Derby will be "a Java-based relational
database with a two megabyte footprint that is fully embeddable and requires
zero administration support." In conversations with IBM executives, they
repeatedly emphasized that Cloudsc... (more)