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[News] Patent Trolls Problem Further Exacerbated

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[It's an USPTO epidemic. It's morbidly ill.]

The Linux Defenders: Stop the Trolls, Protect Linux, Further Innovation

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| Patent Trolls are an ever-growing threat to global innovation. These IP 
| aggregators purchase low-quality patents and use them as leverage to hijack 
| potential revenue and profits from hardware and software companies, our 
| largest economic driver. This causes entrepreneurs to reconsider launching 
| companies, while CEOs devote more of their time and resources to managing 
| intellectual property. New online and offline tools and services are becoming 
| available to combat Patent Trolls and enable technology companies to focus on 
| their core business.       


Distric Court Warns that "Patentee's Time For Trolling" Will End Without More
Definite Infringement Contention

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| In June 2008, DSC was given the source code to 8 of the accused software 
| products, along with executable copies and operating manuals for the accused  
| products. Despite having this information, DSC did not elaborate further on 
| the PICs.  


Patent Litigation Weekly: PubPat and "Patent Troll" Make Strange Bedfellows

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| Ravicher acknowledged that it seems strange for a lawyer affiliated with 
| PubPat—even as a volunteer—to have gone so far as to set up his own 
| patent-holding company and then sued a group of major Internet players.  
| "Dave, if you were to talk to him, he’d say software patents are good, and 
| they incentivize innovation," says Ravicher. "Some people can’t be friends 
| with people who disagree with them. But I’m friends with lots of people I 
| have strenuous disagreements with."   
| Asked whether he surprised by his friend's involvement in the business 
| colloquially known as "patent trolling," Ravicher pauses, and then 
| laughs. "Nothing surprises me these days."   



Former Microsoft Exec to Release Patent Troll Study

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| The funny part is that this former executive’s company makes its money by,
| you guessed it, collecting patents. The firm has yet to assert any of its
| rights in court, however.


Inventor says Google settles patent claim

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| Google has agreed to settle an intellectual property claim brought by serial
| inventor Judah Klausner, who has won settlements in the past from Apple,
| Skype and LG Electronics, Klausner said on Monday.
| The dispute concerned patents that Klausner holds covering so-called visual
| voicemail, which makes voicemail work more like email by sending visual
| alerts of voice messages to computers or phones, allowing users to
| selectively retrieve the messages.
| Visual voicemail is a key feature of many of the latest touchscreen phones on
| the market, including Apple's iPhone. New York-based Klausner holds several
| patents relating to the technology in the United States, Europe and Asia.
| Klausner grabbed the attention of the mobile phone industry in late 2007 when
| his company, privately held Klausner Technologies Inc, sued Apple and six
| other companies for $360 million for violating patents on visual voicemail
| technology.

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