Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 2nd Nov 2013 17:24 UTC
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Apple, Microsoft, and others, a little over a month ago in a letter to the EU, warning that the EU's new proposed unified patent law could lead to more patent trolling:

To mitigate the potential for abuses of such power, courts should be guided by principles set forth in the rules of procedure to assess proportionality prior to granting injunctions. And PAEs should not be allowed to use injunctions for the sole purpose of extracting excessive royalties from operating companies that fear business disruption.

Yesterday:

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.

They're not just scumbags - they are lying scumbags.

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RE: You forgot Google
by RshPL on Sat 2nd Nov 2013 19:02 UTC in reply to "You forgot Google"
RshPL
Member since:
2009-03-13

Non-trivial hardware patents = GOOD stuff, requiring investment, motivates companies to do costly research and yet whole industry may profit thanks to licensing.

Trivial software patents = BAD stuff, used for trolling other companies who came up with the same ideas independently and in most cases some solutions are basically so basic that no thinking is necessary to devise them.

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RE[2]: You forgot Google
by Kochise on Sat 2nd Nov 2013 19:06 in reply to "RE: You forgot Google"
Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

Let's patent arithmetic operations, rendering ALUs unusable...

Kochise

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RE[3]: You forgot Google
by dionicio on Sun 3rd Nov 2013 03:55 in reply to "RE[2]: You forgot Google"
dionicio Member since:
2006-07-12

Arithmetic is an art prior to the patent system.

Patents are a case of royal tax concessions,
conceded preferably to allies and supporters.

(Corollary: A patent in the wrong hands
is worth nothing).

Edited 2013-11-03 04:11 UTC

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Off topic, but why do you always sign your posts?

Its clearly obvious that they are from the logged in user kochise.

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RE[2]: You forgot Google
by viton on Sun 3rd Nov 2013 06:04 in reply to "RE: You forgot Google"
viton Member since:
2005-08-09

So, if "offending" company comes independently to the same non-trivial tech, with the same investment, they should be sued?

Typically the patent is just a bunch of generic phrases. Also, patents are based on common knowledge. The knowledge, freely given to the world by it's inventors. This is not fair.

Why do you think hardware (or any industry) patents are non-trivial? They can be as simple as software.

Edited 2013-11-03 06:12 UTC

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