Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 17th Apr 2012 21:57 UTC, submitted by Drake
Legal Say what you want about Twitter - pointless, annoying, noise, useless - at least the company has its heart in the right place. Twitter just announced the Innovator's Patent Agreement, a promise not use their or their employees' patents offensively. In a world where yesterday's innovators are today's patent trolls - Apple, Microsoft, Oracle - this is a big deal.
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RE: Patent troll?
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 18th Apr 2012 07:56 UTC in reply to "Patent troll?"
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

" In a world where yesterday's innovators are today's patent trolls - Apple, Microsoft, Oracle -"

I would be interested to know what definition of "patent troll" you use to consider any of these companies as one of them.



"Patent troll is a pejorative term used for a person or company who buys and enforces patents against one or more alleged infringers in a manner considered by the target or observers as unduly aggressive or opportunistic, often with no intention to further develop, manufacture or market the patented invention."

Wikipedia.

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RE[2]: Patent troll?
by majipoor on Wed 18th Apr 2012 08:07 in reply to "RE: Patent troll?"
majipoor Member since:
2009-01-22

Indeed.

It seems you forgot the key point which make the difference between an actual patent troll and a company such as the one you mentioned:

"with no intention to further develop, manufacture or market the patented invention"

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RE[3]: Patent troll?
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 18th Apr 2012 08:08 in reply to "RE[2]: Patent troll?"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Indeed.

It seems you forgot the key point which make the difference between an actual patent troll and a company such as the one you mentioned:

"with no intention to further develop, manufacture or market the patented invention"


And you miss the key word:

"often with no intention".

It fascinates me how hard some people try not to have to accept reality. Quite entertaining.

Edited 2012-04-18 08:09 UTC

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