intellectual property (IP)

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10 Steps To Overcome Your Fear Of Using Open Source Software

Shahid Shah | Med Device Online | October 8, 2014

The entire Internet runs on open source software (OSS) and, if we used it more in medical devices, it would lead to reduced costs and increase the quality of devices. If you ask some regulatory affairs folks in medical device companies, they think OSS is too “dangerous” for use in safety critical systems...

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10 Steps To Overcome Your Fear Of Using Open Source Software

Shahid Shah | MED Device Online | October 8, 2014

The entire Internet runs on open source software (OSS) and, if we used it more in medical devices, it would lead to reduced costs and increase the quality of devices. If you ask some regulatory affairs folks in medical device companies, they think OSS is too “dangerous” for use in safety critical systems...

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10 Years Of Defending Linux's Legalities: Groklaw

teven J. Vaughan-Nichols | ZDNet | May 28, 2013

Ten years ago, SCO decided to sue IBM and started a series of legal attacks on Linux. Their cases were pathetically weak, but CIOs and CFOs didn't know that. Read More »

Ahead Of Obama Visit, MSF Warns US Pressure On India Could Impact Access To Medicines For Millions

Staff Writer | MSF Access | January 21, 2014

Ahead of US President Obama’s visit to India, the international medical humanitarian organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres/ Doctors Without Borders (MSF) expressed deep concern over the US government’s heightened efforts  to undermine access to affordable medicines from India—often called the ‘pharmacy of the developing world.’...

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Five Things Successful Companies Know About Open Source

Guy Martin | Open Source Delivers | June 26, 2013

It’s often said that necessity is the mother of invention, and also that brevity is the soul of wit. In preparing for a recent trip to Samsung Electronics corporate headquarters in South Korea, I had a chance to test both of these theories. Read More »

From Open Data To Development Impact – The Crucial Role Of The Private Sector

Prasanna Lal Das | Open Data | January 8, 2014

Can open data help improve maternal health services (and thus improve facets of public delivery of services)? Can open data help farmers and crop insurers make better crop predictions (and thus lead to smarter investment decisions in agriculture)? Can open data empower citizens to fight back against police corruption (and thus help promote the rule of law)?

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Medical Devices Summit 2018 Gathers top Experts

Press Release | Opel Group | January 26, 2018

Opal Group, a global conference organizer that caters to top executives and influencers, will bring together the foremost medical and tech experts for its Medical Devices Summit 2018 on March 26 – 27, 2018.  The two-day premier event will take place at the Revere Hotel Boston Common, located on 200 Stuart Street, Boston, MA. “Our Medical Devices Summit has always provided a platform for several of the most important tech and medical names to create deep conversations,” said Michelle Cardinal, Opal Group’s event producer.

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Members Of Congress: India's Pharma Industry 'Protectionism' Is Harming US Pharma Industry's Abuse Of Patent System

Tim Cushing | Techdirt | July 2, 2013

We recently discussed the US Chamber of Commerce's incredibly strange statement on the state of India's IP protection (or lack thereof). The CofC first applauded the success of India's Bollywood industry, achieved without strong IP protection, before insisting the only way it would survive was by implementing strong IP protection. Read More »

Open Thread: Microsoft Health's Big Advantage Is Cross-Platform Support

Stuart Dredge | The Guardian | October 31, 2014

Microsoft has been winning generally approving headlines for its Microsoft Band fitness tracker and accompanying Microsoft Health platform, since both were revealed – seemingly unintentionally at first – on Wednesday...

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Oroville Hospital's CEO To Reveal Key EHR Success Factors At OSEHRA Conference

Press Release | Oroville Hospital | August 30, 2013

Robert Wentz, President and CEO of Oroville Hospital, will be addressing the Plenary Session of the 2nd Open Source Electronic Health Record Agent (OSEHRA) conference in Bethesda, MD, on September 5th. Wentz will discuss the key factors behind the hospital's successful self-implementation of the open source VistA EHR for less than $13 million in total and less than $7 million for the EHR component. Read More »

Patent Trolls Are Starting To Get Trampled

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | ZDNet | September 24, 2014

The Open Invention Network now has over a thousand licensees and the court cases are starting to go against the patent trolls...

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Public Research For Private Gain

Darwin BondGraham | East Bay Express | June 26, 2013

UC Regents recently approved a new corporate entity that will likely give a group of well-connected businesspeople control over how academic research is used. Read More »

Since Copyright Is So Handy For Censorship, It's Tempting To Use It To Censor Lots Of Content

Mike Masnick | TechDirt | September 15, 2014

Matt Schruers, over at the Disruptive Competition Project blog has a great post discussing the harm of the increasing pressure to abuse intellectual property law to do a variety of things that it was clearly never intended for. He calls this intellectual property's "immigration" challenge, noting that these uses have "at best, a tenuous relationship to 'promot[ing]... Progress.'"...

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The Final Leaked TPP Text is All That We Feared

Today's release by Wikileaks of what is believed to be the current and essentially final version of the intellectual property (IP) chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) confirms our worst fears about the agreement, and dashes the few hopes that we held out that its most onerous provisions wouldn't survive to the end of the negotiations. Since we now have the agreed text, we'll be including some paragraph references that you can cross-reference for yourself—but be aware that some of them contain placeholders like “x” that may change in the cleaned-up text. Also, our analysis here is limited to the copyright and Internet-related provisions of the chapter, but analyses of the impacts of other parts of the chapter have been published by Wikileaks and others.

The Politics of the EHR: Why we’re not where we want to be and what we need to do to get there

By now, it seems abundantly clear that the vast potential offered by universal adoption of electronic health records (EHR) has not been achieved.  Indeed, the fulfillment of that potential seems a long way off.  Unsolved problems with interoperability, usability, safety, and security, to name a few, remain, and continue to pose barriers to universal adoption. There is ample evidence in the medical literature, of the unsolved problems of the EHR.  Indeed, two recent reports that offer (probably inadequate) solutions highlight the difficulties that exist with the EHR.  The proliferation of these problems has only increased with the increase in adoption of the EHR by physicians and institutions.   The Texas Medical Association has asked the (at the time) ONC, Farhad Mostashari, MD, to establish a health IT patient safety czar.1 Read More »