Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 21st May 2012 23:47 UTC
Legal "He's one of 10 reverse-engineers working full time for a stealthy company funded by some of the biggest names in technology: Apple, Microsoft, Research In Motion, Sony, and Ericsson. Called the Rockstar Consortium, the 32-person outfit has a single-minded mission: It examines successful products, like routers and smartphones, and it tries to find proof that these products infringe on a portfolio of over 4,000 technology patents once owned by one of the world's largest telecommunications companies. When a Rockstar engineer uncovers evidence of infringement, the company documents it, contacts the manufacturer, and demands licensing fees for the patents in question. The demand is backed by the implicit threat of a patent lawsuit in federal court." And then people wonder why I call Apple and Microsoft patent trolls. These are the people destroying this industry, with Apple, Microsoft, RIM, etc. money. Sickeningly low.
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You are referring to me, but I didn't say that. I asked if a company, just any fictional company, abused a patent once, does that make them a patent troll (for live).

Which is irrelevant, since Thom referred to Microsoft and Apple and a few others, who have probably abused a lot more than just one patent.

Unless you want to argue that 1 patent abuse is equal to 100* patent abuses...

* For example.

Edited 2012-05-22 05:12 UTC

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