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Patent Troll sues... uh... just about everyone

zaba (746842) writes | more than 2 years ago

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zaba (746842) writes "A company named PersonalWeb Technologies has decided a host of heavy players in the tech industry, including Apple, Facebook, IBM, Microsoft and Yahoo! for patents it holds related to data processing.

They have a previous suit against other big names like Amazon, Google and HP.

Anyone care to guess where the company is based or where the suits were filed?"

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I would guess. (1)

niftymitch (1625721) | more than 2 years ago | (#41382313)

I would guess Texas....
          http://www.personalweb.com/Technology.html [personalweb.com]

Dam this troll is patenting the shave and not the razor
as best I can tell with a quick glance.

These tolls and others like them need to be given a hard
look by the feds for interfering with interstate commerce.

One of the things I see is that programming abstractions
are being opened (see folding editor) and the contents
of the opened fold enumerated as patented claims.

This is contrary to the computer science goals of object hiding,
programmatic abstraction and object reuse. Or stated differently
this is the necessary and obvious workmanlike method of programming.

Too many of these "system patents" are at best a white board
exercise and the internal working are unknown and unknowable
without industrial espionage or expensive discovery in court sanctioned
fishing expeditions.

The big dogs need to pay attention or they will loose an astounding
pile of assets when the abuses cause sweeping rewrites of the
law. The big dogs could see billions perhaps trillions of dollars vanish....
it behooves them to become the friend of the court and file well researched
amicus curiae documents to untangle the stupidity that we call
patent law today.

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