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Kootol, yet another patent troll, is going after everyone who make messaging software for violating their soon-to-be-granted patent, which claims they invented one and two way messaging in 2005.

From the article: 'Kootol, founded in 2010, says it has a patent license agreement with Yogesh Rathod for control of U.S. Patent Application 11/995,343. Rathod, in fact, is a co-founder of Kootol with his brother Vijay Rathod. According to Kootol, the patent application “covers core messaging, publication and real time searching technology.â€

Interestingly, the patent in question hasn’t actually been awarded to Kootol or Rathod yet. Rather, The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued “A Notice of Allowance.†That’s the term for when the USPTO says that an applicant is entitled to a patent under the law, but must pay an issue fee (and potentially publication fee) first, within three months.'"
Kootol Software announced that it sent notices of the alleged patent infringement to multiple companies; Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo, Amazon, AOL, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Nokia, Foursquare, IBM, LinkedIn, MySpace, RIM, Quora, Salesforce, Twitpic, Ubermedia, and iOS and Mac software developer The Iconfactory.

Sources:

http://yro.slashdot.org/story/11/07/...ital-Messaging

http://www.macworld.com/article/1611...ues_apple.html (Source within the /. article)

USPTO better get their act together - thingS like this even being considered for acceptance is crazy!

Trying to patent something that has been in wide use for decades should be punishable for wasting time, what does OCN think?
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Wow, not Apple patent trolling for a change?

>Apple invented air, which engineers were breathing when they designed everything, now ban the sale of all smartphones other than iPhones, thanks.
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post #3 of 63
This is even worse than apple patenting an unlock screen that involves "moving your finger from one part of the screen to another."

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Well not the first company which should really go to IRC founder or the programs before that. Like BITNET Relay or MUT. So they don't own the rights to this as it was long before that, and this is why the Patent system needs to be restructure or abolish does more harm than good.
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I just don't understand how things like this can even be considered. It's even worse because there are no penalties for trying to patent such crap so if they win, hey they can sue and try get some settlements or it will get overturned and then nothing happens anyway, it's a no-loss situation.
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I...I don't even know what to think anymore.
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Seriously....
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Guess greed comes into play for patent trolls. Seriously, why patent something that has already been in use for a long time?
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I really think we should just throw out the whole system! Its being misused left and right!
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I'd wonder how much money they'll make if this gets passed, and I am not against this, as long as they actually did create it, but I'm sure the others will still go strong if the sue isn't too much, if this is to take their software down.. then a big no no! I USE WINDOWS LIVE 24/7...
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