Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 14th May 2011 15:42 UTC
Legal Patent trolls are evil. However, we're used to patent trolls attacking big companies like Microsoft, Google, and Apple, who themselves keep the broken patent system intact - so it's kind of what goes around comes around; schadenfreude if you will. However, what if a patent troll carefully threatens to sue a number of smal-time iOS developers, knowing full well that these small developers cannot fight back due to the iOS developer agreement? What kind of low-point have we hit then?
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RE[2]: Trolling
by Alfman on Mon 16th May 2011 14:29 UTC in reply to "RE: Trolling"
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"Correct me if I am wrong, but it would be quite unusual for a lawyer to write a patent. More likely it would be written by a patent attourney, who might be an inventor or a lawyer, but generally isn't."

What is the difference between a lawyer and an attorney?
Honestly I don't know. I've looked them up and they come up as synonyms.

Anyways, have you ever seriously tried to read a patent filing to extract relevant information? It's like reading raw assembly dumps without recognizable labels or comments. No engineer faithful to their profession would ever share information that way.

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