I know this was on LWN last week, but I'm not subscribed.
Europatent preview: Godado patents search engines
Anybody who is curious about what benefits software patents might bring to
Europe need look no further than UK patent GB2362971, entitled "A method of
searching the internet and an internet search engine." This patent, held by
the Italian company Godado Italia Srl, was first filed in May, 2000; it was
assigned last February.
One might assume that Godado does not intend to content itself with harassing
Portalino; according to this Punto Informatico article, the patent has
already been filed in Spain, Portugal, Germany, and France (along with the UK
and Italy). A new litigation company, it would seem, has been turned loose in
This patent was not filed until 2000; chances are that, with a bit of (yes)
searching, sufficient prior art can be found to invalidate it. This will not
be the last shakedown
I wonder if Ireland will still support software patents when these jokers try
shutting down google?
Just one more link to send to MEP's still sitting on the fence.
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