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[News] Linux Conference Warns About Patent Trolls, "Ballad of the Patent Troll" Released

  • Subject: [News] Linux Conference Warns About Patent Trolls, "Ballad of the Patent Troll" Released
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 22 Jan 2010 18:47:13 +0000
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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LCA 2010: Keeping patent trolls at bay 

,----[ Quote ]
| Free software is likely to come under 
| increasing attack from patent holders in 
| the years ahead and therefore developers 
| themselves need to understand the basics of 
| patents, free software luminary Andrew 
| Tridgell said today.
| Delivering a talk titled "Patent defense 
| for FOSS developers" at the 11th Australian 
| national Linux conference in Wellington, 
| Tridgell, who is best known for creating 
| Samba and rsync, provided a walkthrough of 
| some basics which needed to be learnt by 
| all developers.


Ballad of the Patent Troll

,----[ Quote ]
| General Patent Corporation may be a dull-
| sounding name, but from the company's 
| Wealth of Ideas newsletter comes something 
| worth watching and highly thought-provoking 
| -- "The Ballad of the Patent Troll" (for 
| which, click here). 


AllIsBlue attacks Belgacom and Rossel

,----[ Quote ]
| The Belgian company AllIsBlue is 
| threatening to file complaint against the 
| managing directors of Belgacom (Didier 
| Bellens), Proximus (Michel Georgis) and 
| Rossel (Bernard Marchant). AllIsBlue claims 
| these companies are using mobile services 
| on which AllIsBlue has a patent. 


What is the business model of AllIsBlue?

,----[ Quote ]
| Now, looking at AllIsBlue, what is their 
| business model? On which basis are they 
| trying to generate revenues and income for 
| their shareholders?
| Looking at this from the side (we are not 
| an insider*), it seems very much that the 
| mission and purpose of AllIsBlue is to 
| attack and threaten companies (potential 
| clients, competitors, â) on the basis of a 
| patent written back in 2000. And to make a 
| lot of noise about this.



Other Legal Work Slow? Start A Practice To Help Patent Trolling

,----[ Quote ]
| From an economic standpoint, this activity
| is a pure dead weight loss on economic
| activity. There is nothing good that comes
| from it. You basically have companies that
| have ignored a patent they got for whatever
| reason, suddenly rediscovering it and using
| it to go after totally unrelated companies
| who actually innovated and brought products
| to market (almost always with no knowledge
| whatsoever of the questionable patent in
| the first place). And suddenly the actual
| innovators have to pay up to a company that
| did absolutely nothing with the invention.

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