* Posts by SEPAM

14 posts • joined 12 Jul 2016

NASA to celebrate 55th anniversary of first Moon landing by, er, deciding how to land humans on the Moon again

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Re: Flat earthers

>Seems there was a SF story about this decades ago. Brain fart on the author and title but do remember it.

Gamow and the Flatland stories with Mr. Tompkins, probably.

Sync your teeth into power browser Vivaldi's largest update so far

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Email Innovations

Email is old yet it does not seem to have evolved as well as, say, the web. A large part of my working days are used in the email clients. I have been very careful to organise everything in a tree structure and yet it is hard to locate everything. Often I have to find 10+ year old emails and searching or it when you are uncertain about terminology used or even what language it was written in, things quickly become a nightmare. It would help enormously if email could be annotated. The RFCs have existed for years yet there are no reliable email clients that I know of. KMail2 supposedly supports it but has a really bad reputation for destroying your mailbox.

So I hope the Vivaldi crew is working on something that really will blow the roof off email.

Blighty stuffs itself in Galileo airlock and dares Europe to pull the lever

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Re: Non-EU

>It is a big mix. Some Brexits have deluded themselves into thinking that that Galileo is an ESA project and as ESA is more than the just EU, the UK could stay with ESA and remain on the inside track of the Galileo project.

Cite? Considering Switzerland is not nor have ever been member of the EU I find your statement odd. I hope you or your 20 odd upvoters can explain this. Same with China and India, neither of which are even inside Europe.

So, cite?

Jury to Apple: You owe patent troll VirnetX half a BEEELLION buckaroos

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Re: Good for this case but.... 8 years and it's still going...

Patent attorney here.

>Apple can keep attempts to stop them infringing in the courts until the person who owns the patent goes bankrupt / dies / etc.

I see that often. Large opponents tend to try to strangle the patent owner rather than settle.

A patent is supposed to be the little guy's means to stand up against the big guys but that requires a bit of planning. First off you can buy IPR insurance. One of my clients has survived attacks from a major international corporation clearly infringing my client's rights. With the treble damages rules this corporation is increasingly facing a huge abyss after years and years of massive sales and bad faith.

Also selling the patent to a patent litigator (including trolls) is also a possibility but also a realistic threat. The infringer would then go from harassing a small player to facing a battle hardened opponent going for the jugular. And this is one of the reasons large companies complain about trolls, since it changes the balance of power.

Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, off you go: Snout of UK space forcibly removed from EU satellite trough

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Espionage

>As it is primarily a military/security project, it's quite understandable that they don't want third parties working on it, especially on any security-related parts.

That horse bolted, a long time go.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/1493301/China-aims-spy-network-at-trade-secrets-in-Europe.html

Among the companies targeted by the Chinese network, according to Belgian officials, is the French communications company Alcatel. It is contracted to build the €1 billion (£676m) Galileo satellite communications system that European leaders have promoted as a rival to the American Global Positioning System, which has a monopoly of satellite communications systems.

The Western intelligence official said that China had been brought in as an official partner on the technology, largely because its successful espionage made it futile to keep Beijing out.

https://www.reuters.com/article/breakout-beidou/special-report-in-satellite-tech-race-china-hitched-a-ride-from-europe-idUSL4N0JJ0J320131222

Blocked in America, China turned to Europe. European space companies had been collaborating with China through the 1990s. But tech transfers increased sharply when China in 2003 pledged to contribute 200 million euros ($228 million at the time) to join the European Union’s Galileo satellite navigation program.

There is a whole lot more information out there but basically the EU had no problems going to bed with China and thus enable their Beidou project, and now they want to kick out the UK. And that is not out of spite?

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Re: Train has not left the station

>Almost certainly someone in the EU

That is so blindingly obvious I did not even think it would be necessary to point it out. The issue rather is which country. It is unlikely to be a part of the EU since the Srebrenica massacre shows beyond doubt the reaction time is too slow. From my time in the defence industry the rumours were that France was making a push for it to "safeguard" the European safety and security on behalf of the lesser members of the EU.

Linus Torvalds says new Linux lands next week and he’s sticking to that … for now

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OS and excitement

If it is excitement that El Reg desires I would suggest reporting the latest release of Redox-OS. Lead programmer appears to have 30 hour days and no need for sleep.

British clockwork radio boffin Trevor Baylis terminally winds down

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Re: Optional

>Can't help noticing that the link very clearly says "patent". So your point is?

Sure. It is like illegal clearly says legal. Did you read the link?

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Re: Optional

Not him but the thing about design patents have been brought up again and again. It is an Americanism. It has noting to do with inventions. What they call "design patents" is what most Europeans call "design", and what Americans call "utility patent" we call just plain "patent". These protect totally different aspects. When debates start about obviousness and US design patents the debate goes straight south, every time.

And if you really believe a design patent is not like a Coke bottle you could perhaps cite some sources?

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Re: Prior art

>When I spoke to the patent office, (I had an acquaintance there who had given me the heads-up) I was told that Trevor would never get a patent for the radio. When it was granted I was too penniless to fight it, but I was surprised that the examining board, amongst others, didn't.

Really, was it granted? Checking UKIPO I find this entry:

Status Terminated before grant

Also I see he had 5 documents cited against his application. It would seem the Examiner was more competent than most forum members give them credit for.

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Re: Maybe not the time to bring it up, so I'll keep it short.

>Sadly, he didn't have a team of US patent lawyers fluent and experienced in woolly and wide ranging patentese.

On the other hand he used a patent law firm that, according to the ranking lists, is notable. Do you have anything to tell us about the patent law firm he engaged?

Sci-tech wants skilled worker cap on PhD and shortage jobs scrapped

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>It is naive to assume salaries are driven by skill shortage alone. They are capped by the price-demand curve of the final product.

I checked the salary level for my (former) occupation in China. It was substantially higher than here. If you have good people you will be able to make a great product that will sell in great volumes and salaries will become an insignificant expense.

I note you do not have the same concerns that managerial salaries will be damaging to end product prices.

European Patent Office palace coup bombs

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Re: Pay & file your applications in the USA.

It appears you are aware of the requirements for exporting a patent application. If you as a US citizen file an application abroad without first obtaining permission, which you do most easily by a national filing and a PCT filing, you can end up ion prison.

In many countries patent applications are "born secret" and require such permissions. In some countries failure to follow the law will see you spend many years in jail.

As for filing in Europe you can compare the US with a population of 300 million with EPO with a member state population of about 400 million.

Tell me, have you ever filed a patent application?

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