Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 21st May 2012 23:47 UTC
Legal "He's one of 10 reverse-engineers working full time for a stealthy company funded by some of the biggest names in technology: Apple, Microsoft, Research In Motion, Sony, and Ericsson. Called the Rockstar Consortium, the 32-person outfit has a single-minded mission: It examines successful products, like routers and smartphones, and it tries to find proof that these products infringe on a portfolio of over 4,000 technology patents once owned by one of the world's largest telecommunications companies. When a Rockstar engineer uncovers evidence of infringement, the company documents it, contacts the manufacturer, and demands licensing fees for the patents in question. The demand is backed by the implicit threat of a patent lawsuit in federal court." And then people wonder why I call Apple and Microsoft patent trolls. These are the people destroying this industry, with Apple, Microsoft, RIM, etc. money. Sickeningly low.
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I am a Apple fanboy...
by thavith_osn on Tue 22nd May 2012 03:00 UTC
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...but if this is true, then that is indeed sickeningly low!

An obvious infringement, fine, but otherwise...

I really hope for patent reform. Put them back to how they were intended.

The law was originally guidelines with common sense built in, but sadly lawyers live in the "no common sense" world which is destroying us as a society, bit by bit, all in the name of money...

The sad fact is, Apple and M$ get hit by many lawsuits themselves, so it's a vicious circle. Someone needs to stand up and say, enough is enough. That person needs to be someone in the law who can actually make a difference.

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RE: I am a Apple fanboy...
by Radio on Tue 22nd May 2012 06:24 in reply to "I am a Apple fanboy..."
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The really damning quote comes as soon as the fourth paragraph:

“Pretty much anybody out there is infringing,” says John Veschi, Rockstar’s CEO. “It would be hard for me to envision that there are high-tech companies out there that don’t use some of the patents in our portfolio.”

Edit: correction: this is only the first damning quote. There is worse.

And when you think that none of the money they recoup by suing infringers will be used to develop anything (the usual "excuse" for the patent system), it makes me puke...

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