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March 4, 2005
Patents: European Union will soon vote on the much contested software patent bill

Patents: European Union will soon vote on the much contested software patent bill The much debated draft on the software patent law for the EU will be coming to a vote soon. The issue is whether the EU should steer away from patenting computer-based inventions or follow the U.S. model of allowing patents for Internet and software business methods such as the U.S. patent granted to online bookseller Amazon.com for a one-click shopping method. European Union President Luxembourg expects the bloc's ministers to approve this law on Monday.



March 4, 2005
Domain Names: dot US Domain Owners Lose Privacy

Domain Names: dot US Domain Owners Lose Privacy The U.S. Commerce Department has ordered companies that administer internet addresses to stop allowing customers to register .us domain names anonymously using proxy services.



March 2, 2005
Patents: TiVo Plays Up Latest Patent Grants

Patents: TiVo Plays Up Latest Patent Grants TIVO, the digital recording device company, announced that it has been awarded eight new patents in the U.S. and abroad, with five awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that, the company said, cover important aspects of DVD software and hardware design.



March 2, 2005
Trademarks: Customers Are Color Blind

Trademarks: Customers Are Color Blind This article discusses the issue of specific colors being an integral part of a corporation's image.



March 2, 2005
Appeals court revisits Eolas decision

Appeals court revisits Eolas decision A federal appeals court partially reversed a lower-court decision that had exposed Microsoft to $565 million in damages.



March 2, 2005
Copyrights: Keep TV Shows off DVD

Copyrights: Keep TV Shows off DVD WKRP in Cincinnati was one of the most popular television shows of the late '70s and early '80s, but it is unlikely ever to be released on DVD because of high music-licensing costs.



March 2, 2005
Copyrights: Artists break with industry on file sharing

Copyrights: Artists break with industry on file sharing A group of recording artists said in court papers that it condemns the stealing of copyrighted works but it also argues that popular file sharing services such as Grokster and Kazaa provide a viable alternative route for artists to distribute their material.




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