Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Jun 2012 22:17 UTC
Legal I stopped following all the patent trolling in the mobile industry months ago because, you know, I have a life, but apparently some big ruling just got handed down in the United States: using three software patents, a patent troll from Cupertino has been given an injunction on Samsung's Galaxy Nexus, imposing a ban on the device. This patent trolling has to stop, blah, blah, we've all been here before. If you need me, I'll be over there on the sofa remembering the good old days when Cupertino was famous for great products, instead of infamous for its patent troll.
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RE[3]: Comment by Gone fishing
by Nelson on Sat 30th Jun 2012 07:29 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Gone fishing"
Nelson
Member since:
2005-11-29

You didn't answer my question. Answer it.

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Gone fishing Member since:
2006-02-22

Do you think if it was that easy, Samsung wouldn't have invalidated it long ago?


No I don't think it's easy, but the fact that it isn't easy overturn these ridiculous patents, but easy to get them is not a strength of the US patent system but a weakness.

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RE[5]: Comment by Gone fishing
by Nelson on Sat 30th Jun 2012 22:02 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Gone fishing"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29


No I don't think it's easy, but the fact that it isn't easy overturn these ridiculous patents, but easy to get them is not a strength of the US patent system but a weakness.


I agree, but I've also seen a lot of what people claim is "prior art" not actually be prior art.

I think the patent system could use some work, but some people who advocate the abolishment of it altogether are going to extremes.

The pilot programs to help with things like sourcing prior art during patent submissions are helpful, I'd like to see more of that. I'm hopeful the string of litigation will help spark some political will.

I'm not really as cynical as others.

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