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[News] The Klausner Patent Trolls Bites Google

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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.   


“Staff at the European Patent Office went on strike accusing the organization
of corruption: specifically, stretching the standards for patents in order to
make more money.

“One of the ways that the EPO has done this is by issuing software patents in
defiance of the treaty that set it up.”

                        --Richard Stallman


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.

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