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[News] More Rants About Software Patents, Patent Trolls Feed on the Rest

  • Subject: [News] More Rants About Software Patents, Patent Trolls Feed on the Rest
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 25 Jun 2010 15:23:18 +0100
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Software patents are dirty scum. 


Survey challenges popular beliefs about high-tech startup patents


Nibi Softwareâs collaborative learning products offer education, training â anywhere, any time

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| What makes Nibi unique â and led to its 
| application for patents â is the idea of 
| adding comments to video or voice recordings 
| so they can be searched and shared. 


NPEs are trolls:

That Troll Session-slashdot, IOU an apology

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| Iâve just sat through the IPBC session 
| titled âGetting to Grips with NPEsâ. Now 
| that was a session which generated real 
| emotion in me, and showed how amazing us 
| humans are at spending time and effort on 
| things that are ultimately meaningless.
| I went through a large range of emotions. I 
| started out neutral . Here we go, just 
| another session about trolls, trolls 
| justifying why even trolls do social good 
| (we help small inventors make money from 
| their IP!-well done, good for you), lawyers 
| arguing over technicalities (rule 11, blah, 
| blah blah), the anti-troll lobby screaming 
| about how unfair the system is to allow this 
| abuse and Dan McCurdy (weâll come back to 
| him later) giving his troll stats.
| I quickly got into irritated. Mainly as the 
| session was dominated by American accents 
| justifying their respective positions. Mild 
| anger soon followed. More American accents, 
| more justification, more self-justifying 
| arguments.
| Soon followed by seething. Vigorous 
| agreement with Nokia (great speech, really 
| great speech Dr Schneider) and Technicolor 
| (ex Thomson, good âI hate trollsâ speech 
| Beatrice de RussÃ). I found myself wanting 
| to applaud. Câmon the anti-troll 
| lobby!!!There was little room for middle 
| ground in the room. And, for me, the anti-
| troll camp has my lifetime vote.
| [...]
| Dan McCurdy is a legend in the IP world. An 
| IBMer under Marshall Phelps, a licensing 
| expert/jobbing consultant in Thinkfire (Iâm 
| sure I recall his profile with a dollar 
| amount against his face for his lifetime 
| licensing dollars generated), now AST. But 
| how can these two statements be reconciled? 
| Statement 1, timed at about 46 minutes in âI 
| would be delighted to close down AST 
| tomorrow if the NPE problem went away!!â 
| (hooray!!), and then, at around 58 minutes 
| in âWhen we buy patents in for our AST 
| members, we commit to sell them within 12 
| months, and we sell them to the highest 
| bidder, we sell to operating companies, 
| aggregators, andâ.to NPEsâ.
| Excuse me, come againâ.WHAT!!! You 
| perpetuate the problem by selling on 
| patents, to NPEâs, who can then sue those 
| who donât have licenses as they arenât your 
| members.

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