Patent 5,995,745


Adding real-time support to general purpose operating systems AbstractA general purpose computer operating system is run using a real time operating system. A real time operating system is provided for running real time tasks. A general purpose operating system is provided as one of the real time tasks. The general…

The Horrors of Software Patents


US Patent Number  4701722 A is a perfect example of everything software patent opponents hate about software patents: It implements  mathematical functions that are pretty well known. It covers a process of changing information not changing any physical object one could touch. It is owned by a company with a…

At issue in Apple versus Samsung patent fight


A system and method causes a computer to detect and perform actions on structures identified in computer data. The system provides an analyzer server, an application program interface, a user interface and an action processor. The analyzer server receives from an application running concurrently data having recognizable structures, uses a…

Investors and software patents


Talking to possible investors, smart people with a lot of business experience, is a reminder of how critical patents are to innovative small business. Every new idea attracts imitators and worse, and small companies, by definition, do not have the market inertia that allows giants to sell bottled tap water…