Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 1st Nov 2013 09:34 UTC
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A new front opened today in the patent wars between large technology companies, as a consortium that owns thousands of patents from the Nortel bankruptcy auction filed suit against Google and other manufacturers alleging infringement. Rockstar, which is owned jointly by Apple, Blackberry, Ericsson, Microsoft, and Sony, filed suit in US District Court in Texas. In addition to Google, the consortium has alleged infringement by Asus, HTC, Huawei, LG, Pantech, Samsung, and ZTE.

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Since then, as recounted by Wired, Rockstar has been devoted to reverse-engineering the patents and looking for evidence of infringement. "Pretty much anybody out there is infringing," John Veschi, the CEO of Rockstar, told the magazine. "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."

I told you Apple and Microsoft were patent trolls. They specifically set up a satellite company that owns nothing but patents, with the sole goal of attacking the competition in the courtroom instead of the market. What a bunch of low-life scum.

I'm surprised by Sony there, though. They use Android themselves.

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RE[7]: Just a slight difference
by bnolsen on Fri 1st Nov 2013 12:35 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Just a slight difference"
bnolsen
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2006-01-06

you can't be serious. software and method patents are outright silly. the outcome of this mess will determine if the patent system will be allowed to be used as a way to set up protection rackets for cartels. if it goes through the end result will be unending political and legal corruption as everyone rushes to get an upper hand over others irrespective of market. customers absolutely lose.

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MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

I made no comment if these things are silly or not. Most of them are, I just don't see it changing very quickly or radically even if the people who can change the rules are willing or even already moving things.

It's not like patents are going to or can be abolished tomorrow, the day after or even next week.

Patents aren't nearly as important as the environment and we can't even get that settled.

If trees could be used as WiFi hotspots they would probably plant more of them though.

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