Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 27th Aug 2010 22:11 UTC, submitted by lfeagan
Legal Most of us here are not particularly big fans of the concept of patents. Most of us are aware of the significance of patents, we just believe the system has gone out of control and needs a serious kick in the butt. Well, it turns out not even the richest people on this earth are immune to the call of the patent troll. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has filed a massive patent lawsuit, using broad and vague patents to sue just about any big name in the business - from Apple to Google.
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by ssa2204 on Sun 29th Aug 2010 20:08 UTC
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What is interesting is that this news was released on Friday. At least here in the U.S. it is common practice to manage the news cycle by doing press releases on Friday that will be expected to be received negatively. For example there was no doubt in anyone's mind that the grand quitter $arah Palin chose a Friday to announce that she was ditching office to whore herself out. While tech sites may follow this, they know that come Monday nobody else will. And in the court of opinion they got their first shot they way they wanted. People will remember the headline...but not the substance.

I wonder by the way if anyone has a chart, in percentage, to the number of patent suits in the tech industry over the past 20-30 years. I would hate to say without facts, but it does leave the impression that the issue of patent suits has exploded the past 5-7 years culminating to a point where nothing can get done. At the very least without any question they need a system whereby one can actually figure out and find what is and is not patented. I would also think that an eminent domain could be made use for unused patents.

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