Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 8th Oct 2012 09:24 UTC
Legal The failing US patent system is getting ever more mainstream - The New York Times is running a long and details piece on the failings of the system, especially in relation to the technology industry most of us hold so dearly. Most of the stuff in there isn't new to us - but there's two things in the article I want to highlight.
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Comment by jared_wilkes
by jared_wilkes on Mon 8th Oct 2012 18:01 UTC
jared_wilkes
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2011-04-25

My guess is the 20 billion estimate includes the entire MMI purchase, which is obviously a hugely flawed assumption. I'm certain it would include the 4+ billion used to acquire the Nortel patents -- but those were valued at 1.5 billion well ahead of much of the patent wars. And I'd wager that "up to" 20 billion is rather generous.

So I don't find this "estimate" very telling at all.

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RE: Comment by jared_wilkes
by JAlexoid on Tue 9th Oct 2012 01:01 in reply to "Comment by jared_wilkes"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

No it does not. Just adding the patent sales and adding Moto's sale would easily blow through $20bn. That is not including $1bn is Samsung's loss and other smaller things.

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jared_wilkes Member since:
2011-04-25

20 - 12.5 - 4.5 = 3 billion dollars.

How does that blow past the 20 billion dollar sum?

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