Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 25th Mar 2013 21:09 UTC
Legal Late last week, Nokia dropped what many consider to be a bomb on the WebM project: a list of patents that VP8 supposedly infringes in the form of an IETF IPR declaration. The list has made the rounds around the web, often reported as proof that VP8 infringes upon Nokia's patents. All this stuff rang a bell. Haven't we been here before? Yup, we have, with another open source codec called Opus. Qualcomm and Huawei made the same claims as Nokia did, but they turned out to be complete bogus. As it turns out, this is standard practice in the dirty business of the patent licensing industry.
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RE: Wow
by Kochise on Tue 26th Mar 2013 10:11 UTC in reply to "Wow"
Kochise
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2006-03-03

What would be really cool about this patent mess, is to simply change some rules :

1- Claiming you have patents under the hood and keeping them secret shouldn't be enough. Each time a company claims for holding a patent, they should open it for review.

2- If the claim was wrong, the patent is automatically invalidated and thrown into public domain : never leave a robber with its weapon !

3- If some FUD was successful in the past, some anti-litigation contracts signed, and the patent is finally found to be invalid, let's the tolling company payback the fees... twice !

These simple 3 rules would make the claiming companies a bit more accurate before making great noise.

Kochise

Edited 2013-03-26 10:13 UTC

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