Thursday, January 28, 2016

A new booklet "Hacking the Patent System" makes recommendations for innovators

Electronic Frontier Foundation has published an electronic booklet “Hacking the Patent System: A Guide to Alternative Patent Licensing for Innovators”, 2016, by Marta Belcher and John Casey, from the Juelsgaard Intellectual Property and Innovation Clinic at Stanford Law School.  Elliot Harmon contributed the summary.
The strategies include the use of a Defensive Patent License Agreement (DPL), of which Twitter’s Innovation Patent Agreement is an example.  Another idea is patent litigation insurance, and still another is making patent portolios public.

See a related post about University research and patents on my main "BillBoushka" blog Jan. 29, 2016. 

Thursday, January 07, 2016

I start assigning regular domain names for my blogs

Tonight, I followed more recently advocated “best practices” and bought domains names from Google domains for three of my larger Blogger domains.  For “Bills movie reviews and news” and “Bills book reviews and news” the name is straightforward, with a .com.   When you key in the old name with blogspot, the DNS will automatically redirect to the new names. Specific url’s for posts or archives are as before, but with the new name as prefix.

For the “Bill Boushka” domain, I did the same, except that the TLD is “.me” because “.com” is already taken by another of my old domains, and apparently the others (like .org) are parked by the other registrar (Verio).

I considered taking “” but I have a distant relative whose Twitter handle is that, and another distant relative, a physician in Texas, whose first initial is W (for William).  So “Bill” still always refers to me.

The process took about 10 minutes for each domain (before the new name would resolved).  When Chrome gets a DNS error while waiting for the new name to propagate, it may cache that error for a while.
Redirection does not mean that the user has his own licensed copy with blogger.  The actual content is still on "free service space".  With Bluehost and Wordpress, there is a copy of Wordpress on the domain, and the actual hosted space is rented. 

Monday, January 04, 2016

Notes from EFF's "patent busting project", this one about subdomains

To start out the New Year in the trademark and patent area, I thought I would mention an old 1999 patent that Electronic Frontier Foundation says was busted, claimed by “Ideaflood”, story link here  characterized as a “crime against the public domain”.  The patent purportedly enabled the generation of subdomain lists with a wildcard character.  Characterized as a “crime against the public domain”

EFF says that the patent threatened smaller webhosts, like Free Home Page and T35.    This case may not seem so important to speakers who need the specialized services of higher-end or more expensive programs (like Bluehost for Wordpress).

EFF also says that the patent  could threaten group speech, as with Livejournal.