Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 6th May 2010 13:52 UTC, submitted by Jupiter
Legal While Eugenia has already detailed just how intricate and impressive the MPEG-LA's efforts have been to basically set up the foundations that would allow them to sue just about everyone - their vague and unclear licenses are used in everything from DVD players to digital camcorders, and as such, it's hard to avoid them. Many others claim that the MPEG-LA won't ever go rogue (or this, take your pick). I think those people will be interested to know that one of the MPEG-LA's subsidiaries, a cut-and-clear patent troll, has launched several patent infringement suits earlier this year. This patent troll's CEO? Larry Horn - yes, the same Larry Horn who's also CEO of the MPEG-LA.
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Patent troll?
by aliquis on Sat 8th May 2010 23:39 UTC
aliquis
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2005-07-23

I thought a patent troll was someone who patented a lot of "ideas" without ever developing them into a product just to sue others.

The MPEG people got a product, and ideas/implementations which may or may not be worth protecting.

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