Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 1st Sep 2010 14:26 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Legal Well, this is kind of funny. Steve Wozniak, still an Apple employee, has defended Paul Allen and patent trolls in general. "I'm not at all against the idea of patent trolls cause I've had friends who just got forced into bankruptcy by bigger people who had more money and could have a lawsuit against them, forced them to be their own lawyers, and in the end, sometimes they're victorious. But it's a real hard way to do it. So if you're going to have a patent and say 'It's worth some money, I'll sell it', well, even if Paul Allen makes a fortune off of it, I think he had the insights to recognize which patents were valuable." Apple is one of the companies Allen is suing.
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Comment by bouhko
by bouhko on Wed 1st Sep 2010 15:52 UTC
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2010-06-24

I've had friends who just got forced into bankruptcy by bigger people who had more money and could have a lawsuit against them, forced them to be their own lawyers, and in the end, sometimes they're victorious. But it's a real hard way to do it.
This is funny. that's the usual argument used to argue against patents. Even if you have one patent and you want to sue Microsoft, they'll probably answer with a 100 patents lawsuit.

So what should the individual inventor do ? Sell his patent to Allen and then Allen gets the money just because he had the insights to recognize which patents were valuable.

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RE: Comment by bouhko
by vivainio on Wed 1st Sep 2010 16:48 in reply to "Comment by bouhko"
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2008-12-26


This is funny. that's the usual argument used to argue against patents. Even if you have one patent and you want to sue Microsoft, they'll probably answer with a 100 patents lawsuit.


If you are a proper patent troll, you are not doing anything you could be sued for - so you are basically invulnerable to patent lawsuits.

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RE[2]: Comment by bouhko
by ichi on Wed 1st Sep 2010 20:39 in reply to "RE: Comment by bouhko"
ichi Member since:
2007-03-06

If you are a proper patent troll, you are not doing anything you could be sued for - so you are basically invulnerable to patent lawsuits.


So was Halliburton's patent application for patent trolling rejected then?
Despite all the prior art that's one patent I'd love to see being granted.

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