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Legal Motion: Hyperlinks Are Protected By the First Amendment

stevejf Not Ripe (49 comments)

This shouldn't be on slashdot . . . yet. The article merely talks about what his own attorneys are planning on arguing in court. I think he has a solid case, but let me know when a court hands down a real opinion.

about 9 months ago
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White House Takes Steps Against Patent Trolls

stevejf a bit one-sided (97 comments)

The USPTO does not provide a single link for inventors or companies who have developed and patented technology to defend their rights. Not one. These types of entities deserve some sort of guidance as well.

about 9 months ago
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The Public Patent Foundation Fights for Freedom From Bad Patents (Video)

stevejf best website (36 comments)

thankfully PUBPAT won't have to defend itself against patent infringement for its website: any patents reading on this 1993-looking site have long since expired.

about 9 months ago
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Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Newegg Patent Case

stevejf Re:Please write to your Congressmen and Senators (204 comments)

transfer patents to holding company with no assets, lose lawsuit, get big lawyer fee bill from opposing side, bankruptcy, game over try again with new shell company

about 10 months ago
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Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Newegg Patent Case

stevejf Re:Links to Patents (204 comments)

Soverain is the assignee, meaning they bought the patents from somebody else. The original patentee is Open Market, Inc. http://www.openmarket.com/ is potentially their website (they provide checkout software). So the patents were originally filed by a practicing software company.

about 10 months ago
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How the Open Invention Network Protects Linux and Open Source (Video)

stevejf Stockpiling Nukes (28 comments)

OIN is a very active patent buyer/aggregator. If members get hit, they have a massive portfolio to fire back with.

about 2 years ago
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EFF Proposes a Working Code Requirement For Software Patents

stevejf Doesn't "slay" trolls entirely (130 comments)

This doesn't necessarily do away with patent assertion entities (trolls). Many PAEs are not actually the original inventors/assignees of the patents, but rather buy them later on and begin filing infringement lawsuits. This requirement would, however, reduce the number of startups-turned-trolls who filed and were granted patents but never followed through with development. It also might make the provisional application system more useful, allowing start-ups to file provisionals to establish priority, but also requiring them to develop a working prototype before granting a utility patent.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Open-Source Forensic Surveillance Analysis Software?

stevejf Vitamin D (131 comments)

I use vitamin D software to monitor the webcams in my apartment. http://www.vitamindinc.com/ It does a pretty good job detecting whether something is a person or not, and you can configure it to send you an email when it detects something. It also only records video surrounding an event. The starter version is free and has some restrictions in terms of total cameras, but its not that expensive overall. Presumably a place that has a "restricted zone" has a security budget more than $0.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Patent Trolls Seeking Wi-fi License Fees?

stevejf Re:Not that anyone checked but.. (347 comments)

clearwater, not clearview. my mistake.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Patent Trolls Seeking Wi-fi License Fees?

stevejf Re:Not that anyone checked but.. (347 comments)

It isn't owned by AT&T, though it was the original assignee. As you can see here, its changed hands a number of times: http://assignments.uspto.gov/assignments/q?db=pat&pat=5506866 Most recently (5/2012) the patent was assigned to "Clearview Innovations" Its info is listed here: http://assignments.uspto.gov/assignments/q?db=pat&asned=CLEARWATER%20INNOVATIONS,%20LLC It's possible that there was some unrecorded assignment after that, but based on available information from USPTO, Clearview is the current owner.

about 2 years ago
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Judge Koh Rules: Samsung Did Not Willfully Infringe

stevejf Re:Face saving (111 comments)

This is just wrong. I work with individual inventors all the time in order to help them sell or license their portfolios. Regardless of how the buyers or licensees plan on using the invention, at the end of the day the inventor has money in his or her pocket, and many use the funds to continue working on new projects. They have no doubt reaped the benefits of their patents, without litigation.

about 2 years ago
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Micron Lands Broad "Slide To Unlock" Patent

stevejf Re:Isn't a door latch prior art? (211 comments)

This isn't a submarine patent. It's a continuation claiming the 2000 priority of its parent, US 6,766,456. A submarine patent is a patent that, for some reason or another, takes a very long time from application filing to issuance, hence "popping up" like a submarine. This patent actually made it through the USPTO in under a year.

about 2 years ago
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Micron Lands Broad "Slide To Unlock" Patent

stevejf processing circuit (211 comments)

The claim still requires a 'processing circuit coupled to the touchscreen.' The disclosure also talks about a 'compare circuit.' I would think that a software implementation would not be covered by at least claim 1 of this patent. They may be able to argue software implementations are covered under doctrine of equivalents, but personally, I would think that dedicated hardware does not function in 'essentially the same way.'

about 2 years ago
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Surfcast Sues Microsoft Over Tile Patent

stevejf Re:Interesting to note (255 comments)

They think it is invalid and yet use it as a reference in multiple patents? If they want to use it without paying a license fee, file a declaratory judgment suit claiming invalidity. Don't just use it and then act pissed off when the patent holder comes asking for some compensation.

about 2 years ago
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Surfcast Sues Microsoft Over Tile Patent

stevejf Interesting to note (255 comments)

Anyone else notice the large number of forward citations by Microsoft itself? They were clearly on notice of this patent, and Windows Phone and the tiled surface interface pretty clearly does exactly what claim 1 requires. Setting aside arguments of validity, does it really seem like Microsoft is behaving very ethically by doing exactly what the claim requires and not licensing (or outright purchasing) the patent, while they were very much on notice of its existence?

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can I Protect My Android Devices From Hackers?

stevejf two step security (295 comments)

1. Take out battery 2. Throw phone into body of water.

more than 2 years ago
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Texas Schools Using Electronic Chips To Track Students; Parents In Uproar

stevejf Re:Simpler, more permanent (540 comments)

OR tie all the students together like they do in urban elementary schools!

more than 2 years ago

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