Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 2nd Nov 2013 17:24 UTC

Apple, Microsoft, and others, a little over a month ago in a letter to the EU, warning that the EU's new proposed unified patent law could lead to more patent trolling:

To mitigate the potential for abuses of such power, courts should be guided by principles set forth in the rules of procedure to assess proportionality prior to granting injunctions. And PAEs should not be allowed to use injunctions for the sole purpose of extracting excessive royalties from operating companies that fear business disruption.


A new front opened today in the patent wars between large technology companies, as a consortium that owns thousands of patents from the Nortel bankruptcy auction filed suit against Google and other manufacturers alleging infringement. Rockstar, which is owned jointly by Apple, Blackberry, Ericsson, Microsoft, and Sony, filed suit in US District Court in Texas. In addition to Google, the consortium has alleged infringement by Asus, HTC, Huawei, LG, Pantech, Samsung, and ZTE.

They're not just scumbags - they are lying scumbags.

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RE: Comment by Nelson
by acobar on Sun 3rd Nov 2013 12:35 UTC in reply to "Comment by Nelson "
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Oh yeah, pay for protection, it is perfectly fine, like people are supposed to do when approached by mafia.

Really, the difference between some ridiculous patents, and not all of them are so, and mafia practices is that, "somehow", villains are allowed by law to use the former to sell you something you really do not need to extract money and the latter is rightfully appointed by most of the society as an unacceptable exercise of power.

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