Bill Roth, Ulitzer Editor-at-Large

Bill Roth

Subscribe to Bill Roth: eMailAlertsEmail Alerts
Get Bill Roth: homepageHomepage mobileMobile rssRSS facebookFacebook twitterTwitter linkedinLinkedIn


Top Stories by Bill Roth

Government News on Ulitzer In the High-Tech industry, the machinations of the US Supreme Court are, at best, fodder for dinner party trivia questions. There is one case on the Supreme Court docket this year that has the potential to change the way intellectual property protected in the United States, and have a major effect on the software companies who rely on the patent process. It could also have a devastating effect on innovation. The case, known as ”Bilski v. Kappos” (AKA “In Re Bilski”), has to do with what subject matter can be protected by a patent. In this case, the inventors, Bernard L. Bilski and Rand Warsaw, filed a patent application for a process of hedging risk in energy contracts. The requirement is that invention must be “concrete” and” produce a useful result”. The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) rejected the inventors’ application, on the ... (more)

The Theory of Innovation

We know from the theory of relativity that the passage of time is relative to the perceiver. This is true of history as well. Sometimes history moves fast, e.g., during World War II and when communism was crumbling in 1989. Sometimes history moves slowly, as in the Cold War and the period between 1991-2001. The same can be said of innovation. Sometimes a lot of innovation happens all at once as in the boom years of the Web from 1998-2001, and during the early days of Java - 1994-1995. Sometimes the pace of innovation slows to a crawl and other forces, principally economic, take pr... (more)

Java in the News: Sun's JavaOne Day One - First-Hand Report

The 2004 JavaOne conference opened today with the standard formula of industry keynotes. Documentary film maker and local TV personality Jonathan Karsh opened the show as the emcee. The 8th annual Java developer show began in front of a backdrop of scrolling Java (which had code for catching exceptions), Sun president & COO Jonathan I. Schwartz., started out by delivering the standard Sun executive speech touting the explosion of Java on handsets, servers, and developers writing Java. From Sun's perspective, the exciting news of the day seemed to be a new desktop window manager,... (more)

LinuxWorld, San Francisco: "We Lead App Server Market on Linux," Says BEA

BEA was named the application server market leader in a recent IDC report entitled "Worldwide and North American Application Server Software Platform 2003." BEA was named the leader in application servers on Linux in terms of license revenue and maintenance fees for the third year running. The report paints a picture of the Linux application server market in the throes of hyper-growth. BEA's license revenue grew 166% year over year. IBM and Oracle saw 148% and 122% growth in their Linux-based application server business, respectively. Dave Cotter, Director of Developer Marketing a... (more)

LinuxWorld, San Francisco: More Buzz Around Beehive

BEA announced yesterday that additional companies will endorse its "Beehive" open source effort. Beehive received support from Hewlett-Packard, Red Hat, and from the JOnAS and Apache Geronimo application server projects. The project, which was first announced May 19th 2004, purports to be an "easy-to-use, open source foundation for building service-oriented architecture (SOA) and enterprise Java-based applications," according to BEA's Web site. In fact, it is the source code for a large portion of BEA's application development framework for its WebLogic Workshop product. BEA annou... (more)