Comments on: The cost of patent trolls http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/07/25/the-cost-of-patent-trolls/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: traduceri romana daneza http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/07/25/the-cost-of-patent-trolls/comment-page-1/#comment-53601 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:00:18 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9083#comment-53601 Before the game, perhaps everyone thought Li Na would win, but certainly can not think she can so “terrorist” to win, after all, Jankovic is a former women “one elder sister”, she in the 3 game of the match against Li Na in the recent three game winning streak

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By: bobguz http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/07/25/the-cost-of-patent-trolls/comment-page-1/#comment-29634 Wed, 17 Aug 2011 01:41:50 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9083#comment-29634 This is a joke isn’t it? A patent trolls clients aren’t Microsoft, Google or Exxon. They’re the little guys and girls who discover something only to watch a big company use it with impunity. Do something to level the playing field for the inventors.

1) There are very few patent attorneys who litigate on a contingency basis. Change the rules.

2) The patent trolls should be bound by contract law perhaps licensed as attorneys. They often screw the inventor by corrupting his/her patent attorney with promises of riches. Make some rules.

Don’t feel sorry for the Fortune 500. Their business practices too often resemble a mugging.

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By: Brennan http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/07/25/the-cost-of-patent-trolls/comment-page-1/#comment-28944 Tue, 26 Jul 2011 04:00:52 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9083#comment-28944 Wouldn’t a very simple step be to limit standing to sue to those involved in the production of the infringing device. In essence, you only get usable authority if you take steps to create adn/or develop the idea into something practical.

That would be the start of a very important return to normalcy: intellectual property is different, and we really need to shift to a treatment that makes sense of that.

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By: showtime http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/07/25/the-cost-of-patent-trolls/comment-page-1/#comment-28937 Tue, 26 Jul 2011 01:06:49 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9083#comment-28937 I agree Walt. As an individual or small company how do protect your IP against the 800lb gorila infringer? Nowadays, you can’t even suggest a license without the possibility of counter suit. Perfect Gorilla strategy; issue a press release patent has no merit-keeping Wall St and shareholders happy – and then bury small innovator with burdensome costs. Never thought much of the value of trolls but currently, not too many options for little guy to protect his/her legitimate right to own and protect.

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By: WaltFrench http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/07/25/the-cost-of-patent-trolls/comment-page-1/#comment-28927 Mon, 25 Jul 2011 21:46:25 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9083#comment-28927 “But this is a Congress which is clearly incapable of doing the most obviously right things…”

This would be the same Congress that is pushing the Schumer bill on request of the NY banks, right? The bill that seeks not to redefine the playing field, but to put a hex on anybody who comes up with an otherwise-legitimate patent that happens to be in the way of powerful interests with friends in Congress?

There’s a long and VERY ugly history of the powerful being in favor of patents when it suits their interests but running roughshod over individuals who patents were meant to protect. Please make sure that when you propose “reforms,” that they minimize the very real risk to innovators and innovations from the very changes you might call for.

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By: DrexDavis http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/07/25/the-cost-of-patent-trolls/comment-page-1/#comment-28909 Mon, 25 Jul 2011 16:44:14 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9083#comment-28909 Abolish Software Patents:
http://www.askforit.com/2017/software-pa tents-abolished.html

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By: timothyogden http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/07/25/the-cost-of-patent-trolls/comment-page-1/#comment-28907 Mon, 25 Jul 2011 16:36:38 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9083#comment-28907 @JasonDick

Yes, how long must we suffer under the stifling impact of patents which have kept us from making any meaningful advances in IP since the 1700s? Damn those stifling patents.

Any system will eventually be co-opted by rent-seekers. The US patent system does need to be torn down and remade, simply to set the rent-seekers back a few steps. And then we need to plan to do it again in two decades when the rent seekers catch up again.

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By: BottyGuy http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/07/25/the-cost-of-patent-trolls/comment-page-1/#comment-28901 Mon, 25 Jul 2011 13:15:40 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9083#comment-28901 Curmudgeon, in my experience that is typical of how companies that actually build and sell products use patents today. If litigation comes you start pulling out your own patents to show that the court fight will go on for a long time, and if necessary there can be some licensing of patents between bigger companies. Hence Google’s interest in the Nortel patents.

The new proliferation of patent trolling companies who have no intention of actually building and selling something gives the patent trolls extreme leverage. They don’t have to protect a product of their own so they can start litigation on everyone who may have infringed on their claim without worrying that they will be counter-sued for infringement. Just spray out patent suits and see what sticks.

I see that as a very powerful position to be in, it definitely increases the value of the patent derivatives.

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By: Curmudgeon http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/07/25/the-cost-of-patent-trolls/comment-page-1/#comment-28898 Mon, 25 Jul 2011 11:11:08 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9083#comment-28898 In the late 1990s I worked for a small software company that developed and patented a concept, because we thought it was innovative and worth protecting.

Fast forward a few years. We were acquired by a large software company, and discovered another company selling a product with substantially the same concept. In subsequent research, I discovered that 42 (yes, 42) patents existed for this concept. It wasn’t at all clear if we were the first to invent. We didn’t sue.

These are the sort of things that make patent lawsuits the nuclear option. You can blow up a lot, with not predictability as to whether you’re damaging yourself or your competition. Litagation happens much less frequently than you might imagine.

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By: BottyGuy http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/07/25/the-cost-of-patent-trolls/comment-page-1/#comment-28895 Mon, 25 Jul 2011 10:58:59 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=9083#comment-28895 Litigation seems to be the derivatives market of the patent industry. There seems to be more money in patent litigation options than actually using you patent, especially since many of these patents themselves are obvious derivatives of existing patents.

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