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Comment Re:Didn't Sound Optimistic to Me! (Score 1) 479

Patent applications on file include WO2009125444A1, with US and European phases published as US 2011005506 (A1) and EP 2259998 (A1). You can see the European prosecution here: https://register.epo.org/espacenet/application?number=EP08873805

Cited documents in the patent include:EP1551032; E. CAMPARI, S. FOCARDI, V. GABBANI, V. MONTALBANO, F. PIANTELLI, S. VERONESI: "Overview of H_Ni systems: old experiments and new setup" 5TH ASTI WORKSHOP ON ANOMALIES IN HYDROGEN-DEUTERIUM LOADED METALS, ASTI, ITALY, 2004; S. FOCARDI, V. GABBANI, V. MONTALBANO, F. PIANTELLI, S. VERONESI: "Evidence of Electromagnetic radiation from Ni-H Systems" 11TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CONDENSED MATTER NUCLEAR SCIENCE 2004, MARSEILLE, FRANCE, 2004; CERRON-ZEBALLOS E ET AL: "INVESTIGATION OF ANOMALOUS HEAT PRODUCTION IN NI-H SYSTEMS" SOCIETA ITALIANA DI FISICA, NUOVO CIMENTO A, EDITRICE COMPOSITORI, BOLOGNA, IT, vol. 109A, no. 12, 1 December 1996 (1996-12-01), pages 1645-1654; G. MENGOLI, M. BERNARDINI, C. MANDUCHI, G. ZANNONI: "Anomalous heat effects correlated with electrochemical hydriding of nickel" IL NUOVO CIMENTO, vol. 20D, no. 3, 1998, pages 331-352; EP 2259998A1; and WO9520816; LEWAN MATS: 'Cold fusion may provide one megawatt in Athens' INTERNET CITATION, [Online] 02 February 2011.

So yes, there's a patent application there. Looks like it will be granted, too, based on the latest Examination Report.

Comment Re:That's bright! (Score 1) 451

The one sentence summary of what they have had acknowledged as their invention is not the title of the patent. It is normally "Claim 1". And, of course, any other independent claims. The claim reads: "A hybrid vehicle, comprising:
at least two pairs of wheels, each pair of wheels operable to receive power to propel said hybrid vehicle;
a first alternating current (AC) electric motor, operable to provide power to a first pair of said at least two pairs of wheels to propel said hybrid vehicle;
a second alternating current (AC) electric motor, operable to provide power to a second pair of said at least two pairs of wheels to propel said hybrid vehicle
a third AC electric motor;
an engine coupled to said third electric motor, operable to provide power to said at least two wheels to propel the hybrid vehicle, and/or to said third electric motor to drive the third electric motor to generate electric power;
a first alternating current-direct current (AC-DC) converter having an AC side coupled to said first electric motor, operable to accept AC or DC current and convert the current to DC or AC current respectively;
a second AC-DC converter having an AC side coupled to said second electric motor, operable to accept AC or DC current and convert the current to DC or AC current respectively;
a third AC-DC converter coupled to said third electric motor, at least operable to accept AC current and convert the current to DC;
an electrical storage device coupled to a DC side of said AC-DC converters, wherein the electrical storage device is operable to store DC energy received from said AC-DC converters and provide DC energy to at least said first and second AC-DC converters for providing power to at least said first and second electric motors; and
a controller, operable to start and stop the engine to minimize fuel consumption."


Submission + - Microsoft faces injunction on selling Word (patentlyo.com)

thesp writes: Microsoft faces an injunction on, among other things, "selling, offering to sell, and/or importing in or into the United States any Infringing and Future Word Products that have the capability of opening a .XML, .DOCX, or .DOCM file ("an XML file") containing custom XML". Further, the Texan judge, Judge Davis, hit the software giant for $200 million compensatory and $40 million punitive damages. The decision is appealable, however, and may well be overturned in the light of the recent In Re Bilski decision.

Patently O has the writeup.

Comment Re:What the hell? (Score 3, Interesting) 334

Because often, aspiring artists are not being courted by many labels simultaneously. Remember, most in the music business are looking, and perpetually waiting, for their "big break" - a major label offering them a contract. No-one will turn down a label because they think they'll do better with another. Labels are not a service industry for musicians. Musicians are raw material for the labels' products.

Comment Re:Lack of standing (Score 1) 362

Carbolic Smoke Ball says otherwise...

"The case concerned a flu remedy. The manufacturer advertised that buyers who found it did not work would be rewarded £100, a considerable amount of money at the time. The company was found to have been bound by its advertisement, because a contract was formed. The Court of Appeal held the essential elements of a contract were all present, including an offer, acceptance, consideration and an intention to create legal relations."

I believe that it has some precedential value in the US.

Comment Re:So can you sue Google for finding my ISO files? (Score 4, Informative) 289

I really hate to have to point this out, but almost everything on the internet is copyrighted, in some aspect or another, at least. In fact, nearly everything has some copyrighted component.

I refer you to the US copyright office, with similar provisions applying in almost every other Berne-convention country (including my very own UK).


"When is my work protected?
Your work is under copyright protection the moment it is created and fixed in a tangible form that it is perceptible either directly or with the aid of a machine or device.

Do I have to register with your office to be protected?
No. In general, registration is voluntary. Copyright exists from the moment the work is created."

Copyright is not acquired, it is merely asserted.

Google cannot possibly have a policy that it only indexes works in which no copyright subsists. I suspect the real policy is that Google removes items from the index if there is a reasonable case that they are infringing copies of a copyright work, or that accessing them is likely to constitute infringement of copyright.

Comment Re:The absolutely necessary obnoxious remark... (Score 5, Interesting) 230

I am a patent attorney [obligatory "you insensitive clod"] before the British and European Patent Offices. Please excuse the slightly off-topic comment, but I'm not sure we're all particularly evil. I see a lot of patent-attorney bashing here on Slashdot. Mostly what we actually do is provide the best possible advice to our clients based on the current state of the law, and argue their case for them in what has evolved to be a very complex legal system. At the same time, we have a fun job which involves dealing with five or so different technologies on our desks on a daily basis, getting up to speed with them quickly and then thinking up detailed and powerful legal and technical arguments to deploy as to why our client's technology might just be worth the grant of a 20-year monopoly, or conversely, why our client's competitor's technology isn't. Most of us have higher technical qualifications, as well as our legal training. In many ways, it's a geek's dream...

Now, the people to whinge about are a) the legislators, and b) the patent offices themselves, who don't always do the best job of examining the patent applications as rigorously as they could. At least the situation is a bit better here in the EU than in the States, though, where as soon as a patent examiner gets any good he goes and qualifies as an attorney...

Comment Re:Facts can't be copyrighted. (Score 1) 378

Equivalently, in Europe and the UK, such compilations can be protected by both database right and copyright in compilations/databases.
For database right to subsist, the qualifying factor is the level of investment in obtaining, verifying or presenting the contents of the database - but not in the creation of the data themselves. In the notable Fixtures Marketing cases, lists of sport fixtures did not attract database right, because the effort involved in the determination of the fixtures at first instance was not qualifying investment.
For copyright in a table or compilation to exists, there must be skill, labour or judgement by the author of the table in its compilation. A slavish listing of facts cannot attract copyright. For copyright in a database to subsist, the selection or arrangement of the contents of the database must be the author's own intellectual creation.

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