Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 2nd Nov 2013 17:24 UTC

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.


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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I appreciate that OSNews isn't strictly a news site (despite the name), but these last posts have seriously blurred news and opinion.

I come to OSNews to learn things, form my own opinions, and possibly discuss them; not to get your opinions. Ideally you should have a personal blog where you post that kind of thing, but at the very least put this kind of editorial in a specific (and clearly labeled) opinion piece.

This piece really isn't that blurry. He posted actions from the same parties that contradict each other. His opinion that they are lying scumbags is really inconsequential.

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jockm Member since:

In which case the two quotes speak for themselves. I don't wan't Thom's opinion, I want to make up my own. The same with his "I told you they were patent trolls" comment in a previous story.

If OSNews is to be Thom's personal soapbox, then I want no part of it. It just feels like OSNews lost its way.

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TechGeek Member since:

To be fair, every news site, tv news anchor, and pretty much every other source of information has an opinion attached to it. Thom does nothing to hide that its his opinion. And since he is the editor, its his choice as to the format. Why do you act like Thom shouldn't put his opinion here?

Edited 2013-11-04 04:28 UTC

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