Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Apr 2011 11:48 UTC, submitted by Elv13
Multimedia, AV And the fight continues. Only a few months after the desperate move by the MPEG-LA to get anyone - anyone - to submit patents to a possible WebM patent pool, Google and the WebM community have struck back. A whole slew of major companies have formed the WebM Community Cross-License initiative, basically a sort-of Open Invention Network for WebM.
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Some patents might be legit.
by Adurbe on Tue 26th Apr 2011 13:08 UTC
Adurbe
Member since:
2005-07-06

Some of the patents (on both sides) might be legitimate and of merit. If I had a patent, which I 'invented', then a pool is by far the easiest way to leverage it.

Many individuals, who invested the time and money into the development of a unique patent might not have the money to fight the protracted legal case alone.

My (convoluted) point, is that not all patents are 'stupid patents on double clicking'. Some are based on hard work and innovation from an individual/company. Its just a shame that these discussions always focus on the frivolous.

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RE: Some patents might be legit.
by ichi on Tue 26th Apr 2011 13:16 in reply to "Some patents might be legit."
ichi Member since:
2007-03-06

Many individuals, who invested the time and money into the development of a unique patent might not have the money to fight the protracted legal case alone.


But you would expect them to at least approach the offender, let them know about their infraction and (maybe) offer a license agreement.

Edited 2011-04-26 13:16 UTC

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RE: Some patents might be legit.
by renox on Tue 26th Apr 2011 13:25 in reply to "Some patents might be legit."
renox Member since:
2005-07-06

Depends: here in Europe, we don't allow software patents (well we're supposed not to allow them at least).

So in Europe, all these software patents *are* ilegitimates and have no merit.

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JoeBuck Member since:
2006-01-11

Your information is out of date; a number of European countries have granted software patents, and at CeBIT in Germany, products have been seized that allegedly infringe on patents covering MP3, MP4, and digital video, despite the fact that those functions were implemented in software.

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