Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 30th Jun 2012 19:34 UTC
Legal Yesterday, we were treated to another preliminary injunction on a product due to patent trolling. Over the past few years, some companies have resorted to patent trolling instead of competing on merit, using frivolous and obvious software and design patents to block competitors - even though this obviously shouldn't be legal. The fact that this is, in fact, legal, is baffling, and up until a few months ago, a regular topic here on OSNews. At some point - I stopped reporting on the matter. The reason for this is simple: I realised that intellectual property law exists outside of regular democratic processes and is, in fact, wholly and utterly totalitarian. What's the point in reporting on something we can't change via legal means?
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RE: Comment by Gone fishing
by Slambert666 on Mon 2nd Jul 2012 07:50 UTC in reply to "Comment by Gone fishing"
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Lots of issues – firstly is Apple a patent troll?

A patent troll is a troll that trolls using patents.

Because a company can choose to do this trolling itself (like Apple) or by proxy (Microsoft, IBM, etc.) there really is no need to distinguish between the different types of trolls.

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