Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 14th May 2011 15:42 UTC
Legal Patent trolls are evil. However, we're used to patent trolls attacking big companies like Microsoft, Google, and Apple, who themselves keep the broken patent system intact - so it's kind of what goes around comes around; schadenfreude if you will. However, what if a patent troll carefully threatens to sue a number of smal-time iOS developers, knowing full well that these small developers cannot fight back due to the iOS developer agreement? What kind of low-point have we hit then?
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RE: Trolling
by steogede2 on Mon 16th May 2011 13:42 UTC in reply to "Trolling"
steogede2
Member since:
2007-08-17

In cases like this it seems to me the trolling begins when the "inventor" files the patent. Honestly they know that method is trivial, so it's really the lawyer (i guess) who writes it up in such away to seem unique, who is doing any work.


Correct me if I am wrong, but it would be quite unusual for a lawyer to write a patent. More likely it would be written by a patent attourney, who might be an inventor or a lawyer, but generally isn't.

As I understand it, patent attourneys tend to come from a technical background and often do a small amount of training, to be able to read and write legalese competently.

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RE[2]: Trolling
by Alfman on Mon 16th May 2011 14:29 in reply to "RE: Trolling"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

steogede2,

"Correct me if I am wrong, but it would be quite unusual for a lawyer to write a patent. More likely it would be written by a patent attourney, who might be an inventor or a lawyer, but generally isn't."


What is the difference between a lawyer and an attorney?
Honestly I don't know. I've looked them up and they come up as synonyms.


Anyways, have you ever seriously tried to read a patent filing to extract relevant information? It's like reading raw assembly dumps without recognizable labels or comments. No engineer faithful to their profession would ever share information that way.

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