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[News] Patent System Proving Wonderful for Patent Trolls

  • Subject: [News] Patent System Proving Wonderful for Patent Trolls
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 02 Feb 2010 11:25:26 +0000
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2009 patent litigation study

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| The debate over patent reform has become 
| more strident in the past few years as many 
| of the world's largest companies face 
| increasing threats of litigation from 
| competitors and from organizations known as 
| nonpracticing entities (NPEs) that do not 
| design, manufacture, or distribute 
| products.


- From the Patent Litigation Weekly: PwC Study Shows Patent Trolls Are Thriving

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| This week, our colleague Joe Mullin, who 
| writes the Patent Litigation Weekly for IP 
| Law and Business, guides readers through a 
| new PricewaterhouseCoopers study on patent 
| litigation. What grabbed Mullins's attention 
| was the significant role played by "non-
| practicing entities," the polite term for 
| patent trolls. (Patent trolls are entities 
| that bring or threaten litigation to enforce 
| patent rights, without any intention of 
| making or marketing the product at issue.) 
| "Patent trolls aren't just surviving, they're 
| thriving," Mullin observes. "Patent-holders 
| are starting to delve into previously 
| untouched economic sectors, suing small 
| retailers and even photographers."


Report Shows Patent Trolls Are Thriving



Patent Litigation Weekly: Shutter Closing on Massive Photo-Sharing Patent Suit

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| McKool's promotional material doesnât
| emphasize its work for FotoMedia, a patent-
| holding company whose only apparent business
| is filing infringement lawsuits. As part of
| its litigation campaign, FotoMedia has been
| demanding royalty payments from more than 60
| companies with photo-sharing websites. The
| McKool lawyer in charge of the FotoMedia
| cases was not available for interviews on
| Friday, and FotoMedia has not responded to
| TPA interview requests in the past.
| FotoMedia is also represented by Ward &
| Olivo, a firm out of New York that
| frequently represents patent-holding
| companies.
| [...]
| FotoMedia is a patent-holding company that
| claims just about every photo-sharing
| website you can imagine infringes its three
| patents. Its lawsuits, covered by TPA last
| May and June, are notable not just for the
| audacity of the claims they make, but also
| because they target dozens of small- and
| medium-sized software companies that provide
| various types of photo-sharing services over
| the Internet.


LCA 2010: Keeping patent trolls at bay

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| 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.

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