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someone should patent the word patent, as well as what a Patent is and some other stupid **** just too see if they would be allowed to, maybe with enough £££ they would be allowed to
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someone should patent the word patent, as well as what a Patent is and some other stupid **** just too see if they would be allowed to, maybe with enough £££ they would be allowed to
IBM kind of is:
http://www.tomshardware.com/news/ibm...ent,11868.html
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How? How? How? Is that legal?
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Maybe with a nice little pay out or something? seems like the US likes these retardly vague patents - give the big guys even more while crushing the small guys that cant "pay" for there business
While I do agree with your statments about vague patents, the "small guys" targeted by the lawsuit will hardly be "crushed" by it.
Edited by redfroth - 1/7/11 at 9:51am
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While I do agree with your statments about vague patents, the "small guys targeted by the lawsuit will hardly be "crushed" by it.
Says who? if someone has a patent that they KNOW someone else is breaking they could wait a year or 2 and then when that company is that bit bigger then pounce and sue them for everything?
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you can patent it, but then you have to eventually show progress with it and that you are going ahead with creating it.

this will either get thrown out, or they will simply settle out of court for a small sum.
I agree. I went to the Walker Digital website and couldn't find much on the gaming facet of their company. I hardly think the courts will take their patent claim very seriously when they find out Walker Digital hasn't or hardly has been using the patent they've filed.

Also, they filed it on 2002? I'm a bit rusty on IP law, but I think a patent like that is void if someone had already been using that technology before they filed it. Kind of like the right of first use sort of thing. Again, not sure though...
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post #17 of 39
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Says who? if someone has a patent that they KNOW someone else is breaking they could wait a year or 2 and then when that company is that bit bigger then pounce and sue them for everything?
I agree with you on that point... but what I'm saying is that I don't think the "small guys" (aka Activison-Bobby$$$$$$Kotick-Blizzard, Zynga aka valued at $4 billion) targeted by the lawsuit in the article have much to worry about...
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I agree with you on that point... but what I'm saying is that I don't think the "small guys" (aka Activison-Bobby$$$$$$Kotick-Blizzard, Zynga aka valued at $4 billion) targeted by the lawsuit in the article have much to worry about...
yeah true massive companies that are loaded to the tits wont have anything to worry about but those small guys, isnt that what Patents were meant to be used for? to protect the "small" companies and such and not just be used as a money grabbing scheme by so many people/companies
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what a fail
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All of you have little to no clue about how the US patent system works...

Patents are legally granted monopolies that are awarded to whoever comes up with a functional idea (like say, the transistor or the cotton gin). Vague patents are just as valid as specific ones, as you can argue that you plan to create new products that are derivatives of your original patent. In the US (and most other places) you have to pay a fee to maintain your patent, which is why lots of patents expire well before the 17-year period. If you don't enforce your patent, then it automatically is invalidated. In the case of this attempt at patent trolling, I imagine this issue will be raised. Online gaming tournaments have been around for years, so it'll be a hard task to say that the patent wasn't neglected. You can even file a patent that you know will likely disapproved (which is what I suspect with that IBM patent that was linked) just to ensure your competitors can't patent your idea.

Patents are very much useful in society for any sort of technology. Without patents, there is a lot of innovation and good ideas that wouldn't happen. Sure, it has its faults, but in general it's a good system!
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