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[ArsTechnica] Patent troll claims ownership of interactive Web—and might win

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The city of Tyler, Texas, is better known as the nation’s “rose capital” than as a hotspot of the technology industry. It’s a quiet, conservative city of about 100,000, full of wide streets and big trucks.

This week, though, Tyler is the site of a remarkable battle over the history of the World Wide Web—a trial that could affect the future of e-commerce. The federal courthouse downtown is packed to the brim with dozens of lawyers, representing the world’s biggest Internet companies, including Yahoo, Amazon, Google and YouTube.

A succession of pioneers of the early Web—including the Web’s father, Tim Berners-Lee himself—has flown in from around the world to denounce two software patents they believe threaten the future of Web innovation. East Texas has transformed itself into something of a haven for patent suits over the past several years, but by any standard, the trial now underway is an extraordinary circus of dark suits.

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What the I don't even...
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Apple is angry they didn't think of it first.
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It is so depressing to continually read about the patent system being used as a tool to extort money as opposed to a tool to foster innovation.
 
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Apple is angry they didn't think of it first.

Someone had to say it.

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No chance he'll win.. The internet is here to stay.
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What a joke of a company. Do something worthy other than suing the successful companies. Eoalas is putting UC in a tight spot, it seems like. Wonder if UC will pull out and do the right thing.
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messing with the internet is like walking into a lion's den. simply not a good idea.
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Does this mean we are all pirates?
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post #10 of 38
Welcome to America's patent system. Where anyone with a bit of spare change can patent living things and the internet. And having it enforced worldwide at no extra cost. Please come in have a cigar, wipe your feet on the welcome patent mat. You can be the next person who invented oxygen.
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