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Dissecting AIIA’s Flawed Position on IP Rights

by Brian Prentice  |  December 20, 2010  |  6 Comments

Two weeks ago, the New South Wales state government became the third government jurisdiction in Australia – along with the federal government and the Victorian state government – to change the intellectual property rights (IPR) provisions of their IT procurement policies so that ICT suppliers would, as a starting position, retain ownership of the IP […]

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Abolish Software Patents? Be Careful What You Wish For

by Brian Prentice  |  August 8, 2010  |  1 Comment

Having just read two recent articles on why software patents need to be abolished, I thought it would be worth pointing out that there’s something a whole lot worse. Trade secrets. To be clear, I have no disagreement with the underlying principles of the anti-software patent argument. I share the view that innovation must be […]

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Open-Core: The Emperor’s New Clothes

by Brian Prentice  |  March 31, 2010  |  19 Comments

Attention corporate IT customers – this blog post is for you. If you haven’t already had an “open-core” software vendor knocking on your door you probably will be soon. It’s important that you’re able to separate the hype from the substance when you hear them talk of their innovative business model. Open Core, if you’re […]

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Open Source’s Reality Distortion Field

by Brian Prentice  |  March 23, 2010  |  8 Comments

Last week I had the pleasure to participate at the Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco (thank you Matt Asay). I ran into a lot of very smart and very committed people and had some deep and meaningful conversations about the future of open source. Regardless, I was left with a deep impression that […]

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Microsoft & The iPhone – What Their Emotional Reaction Teaches Us All

by Brian Prentice  |  March 14, 2010  |  2 Comments

Nick Wingfield wrote an entertaining piece for the Wall Street Journal describing the challenges facing Microsoft employees who have chosen to use an Apple iPhone. As Wingfiled points out, iPhones are in plain site on the Redmond campus. But that doesn’t sit well with many Microsoft executives who see this as little different than Coca […]

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IIPC Puts An Open Source Foot In The IT Industry’s Mouth

by Brian Prentice  |  March 9, 2010  |  2 Comments

I’m gobsmacked. Flummoxed even. Sometime I run across things I have to read a couple of times just to make sure I’m not hallucinating. A recent set of utterances by the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) has been one such case. It appears that the IIPA have recommended that Indonesia be added to the US […]

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Patent Cross-LIcensing & Open Source – Two Sides of the Same Coin?

by Brian Prentice  |  February 19, 2010  |  4 Comments

Lately I’ve been reading “Burning the Ships: Intellectual Property and the Transformation of Microsoft” – a book written by Marshall Phelps (Microsoft’s VP of Intellectual Property Policy & Strategy) and David Kline (co-author of “Rembrandts in the Attic”). While I’m reserving the right to write up a proper book report (my 5th grade teacher would […]

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Open Source in 2020

by Brian Prentice  |  December 27, 2009  |  6 Comments

Like all good things, holidays must also come to an end. And as I proudly survey my complete lack of accomplishment over the last couple of weeks I can’t help but notice the harbingers of an important new season. Gift wrapping, once tightly wound around its cardboard tube has long since been shredded, crunched up […]

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Google & Intel – Help Us Understand Your Patent Reform Position

by Brian Prentice  |  June 2, 2009  |  2 Comments

Recently, I reached out to both Intel’s Chief Patent Counsel, David Simon, and Google’s Head of Patents and Patent Strategy, Michelle Lee with two specific questions. Does your organization currently license any of its patents to other organizations? Can you categorically state, for the record, that all patents your organization current holds, or is planning […]

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Apple iPhone vs. Microsoft Surface – Who Wins A Patent Showdown on Gesture?

by Brian Prentice  |  May 13, 2009  |  11 Comments

Today, TechCrunch columunist MG Siegler was conjecturing on the potential of a patent lawsuit between Apple and Microsoft. This, he reasoned, could result from Microsoft using their multi-touch technology in a potential Windows Mobile 7 device which was reported today by Mary-Jo Foley. Both Apple and Microsoft have done quite a lot to advance the […]

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