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2013-01-03 08:42:49 AM  
This is indeed pretty terrible but at least we can take comfort in knowing this is NEVER GOING TO GET ANY FARKING BETTER, EVER.
 
2013-01-03 08:57:11 AM  
If you're interested in the actual article, and not the blog recap:  http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/01/patent-trolls-want-1000-fo r -using-scanners/
 
2013-01-03 09:03:34 AM  

KyngNothing: If you're interested in the actual article, and not the blog recap:  http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/01/patent-trolls-want-1000-fo r -using-scanners/


Or you could read about it the first time it came up here 7514108
 
2013-01-03 10:48:48 AM  

Snuffybud: KyngNothing: If you're interested in the actual article, and not the blog recap:  http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/01/patent-trolls-want-1000-fo r -using-scanners/

Or you could read about it the first time it came up here 7514108


Or I could email you a copy of the story I scanned earlier today after a colleague printed it out for me.
 
2013-01-03 10:50:15 AM  
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2013-01-03 10:50:33 AM  
Dear lawyers,

This is why 99.9% of Americans hate you.
 
2013-01-03 10:51:04 AM  

Spanky McStupid: Dear lawyers,

This is why 99.9% of Americans hate you.


No, I hate them too.
 
2013-01-03 10:55:39 AM  
DNRTFA, because Wired recently had a very good article on this subject.
 
2013-01-03 10:56:58 AM  

probesport: No, I hate them too.


Sorry, some of my best friends are lawyers.

/ ifyouknowwhatImean
 
2013-01-03 10:58:25 AM  

Snuffybud: KyngNothing: If you're interested in the actual article, and not the blog recap:  http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/01/patent-trolls-want-1000-fo r -using-scanners/

Or you could read about it the first time it came up here 7514108


I just patented repeat threads. Every Farker that views this thread now owes me $1,000.
 
2013-01-03 10:59:16 AM  
I hate all the lawyers that aren't my brother. I like him, he fixes tickets and notarizes things for me for free.
 
2013-01-03 10:59:19 AM  
I patented posting in repeats, so you all owe me big.
 
2013-01-03 10:59:40 AM  
I value a picture of my butt at $2.25. I will scan my butt and email them enough copies to cover their claim.


http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mbn2k9YIRi1ri6ypio1_400.gif


/ Image file is too large
 
2013-01-03 11:01:02 AM  

ramblinwreck: Snuffybud: KyngNothing: If you're interested in the actual article, and not the blog recap:  http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/01/patent-trolls-want-1000-fo r -using-scanners/

Or you could read about it the first time it came up here 7514108

I just patented repeat threads. Every Farker that views this thread now owes me $1,000.


I previously patented patenting things in patent threads. So you owe me 110% of every infringement you collect on.
 
2013-01-03 11:01:56 AM  

maxx2112: I value a picture of my butt at $2.25. I will scan my butt and email them enough copies to cover their claim.


http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mbn2k9YIRi1ri6ypio1_400.gif


/ Image file is too large


Something something huge Kardashian ass something something
 
2013-01-03 11:02:14 AM  
Patent trolls - another group of people making way too much money without providing any tangible good or service.

Unfortunately, Judges are assholes for not using common sense simply tossing these cases out - I suppose they look upon this as job security for their lawyer buddies.
 
2013-01-03 11:03:28 AM  
I have two scanners. A Uniden BCD396XT and a BCD996XT. I use them to monitor wireless networks.
 
2013-01-03 11:10:35 AM  

ramblinwreck: Snuffybud: KyngNothing: If you're interested in the actual article, and not the blog recap:  http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/01/patent-trolls-want-1000-fo r -using-scanners/

Or you could read about it the first time it came up here 7514108

I just patented repeat threads. Every Farker that views this thread now owes me $1,000.


I have a patent on using fark threads as a means of enforcing patents. You owe me $10,000.
 
2013-01-03 11:12:14 AM  
I'm sure Baghdad Bob will be along shortly to tell us the USPTO is wonderful and doing a great job and we are all stupid for not understanding how the patent system helps innovators.

/innovator
 
2013-01-03 11:12:50 AM  

Counter_Intelligent: probesport: No, I hate them too.

Sorry, some of my best friends are lawyers.

/ ifyouknowwhatImean


Just because they fark you, doesn't mean they're friends.
 
2013-01-03 11:20:57 AM  

Candygram4Mongo: ramblinwreck: Snuffybud: KyngNothing: If you're interested in the actual article, and not the blog recap:  http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/01/patent-trolls-want-1000-fo r -using-scanners/

Or you could read about it the first time it came up here 7514108

I just patented repeat threads. Every Farker that views this thread now owes me $1,000.

I have a patent on using fark threads as a means of enforcing patents. You owe me $10,000.


I hold a patent for using your fingers to communicate using different mediums. Pay up, biatches.
 
2013-01-03 11:22:58 AM  
Two-for-thursday on fark!
 
2013-01-03 11:29:39 AM  

Charlie Chingas: Candygram4Mongo: ramblinwreck: Snuffybud: KyngNothing: If you're interested in the actual article, and not the blog recap:  http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/01/patent-trolls-want-1000-fo r -using-scanners/

Or you could read about it the first time it came up here 7514108

I just patented repeat threads. Every Farker that views this thread now owes me $1,000.

I have a patent on using fark threads as a means of enforcing patents. You owe me $10,000.

I hold a patent for using your fingers to communicate using different mediums. Pay up, biatches.


www.startrek.com
 
2013-01-03 11:30:21 AM  

Day_Old_Dutchie: Patent trolls - another group of people making way too much money without providing any tangible good or service.

Unfortunately, Judges are assholes for not using common sense simply tossing these cases out - I suppose they look upon this as job security for their lawyer buddies.


Judges throw out lots of cases like these all the time, but they usually don't go to court in the first place for them to do so - people ignore them (which is usually successful), or settle/pay up (which is what a company lawyer will usually suggest because it is usually cheaper than actually doing anything about it without the risk of it actually being a case that might go to court). The amounts are usually set low enough that it is too expensive and risky to bother taking them to court, so how the courts work and how the patent system works is completely irrelevant to whether the scam works or not.
 
2013-01-03 11:49:25 AM  
With personal injury lawyers being the carp of the legal profession, how do patent lawyers now compare to divorce lawyers? Years ago, I would have placed divorce lawyers just above personal injury, but now I'm not so sure.
 
2013-01-03 12:05:37 PM  

KyngNothing: If you're interested in the actual article, and not the blog recap:  http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/01/patent-trolls-want-1000-fo r -using-scanners/


It was posted in the Geek section yesterday too.

C'mon Mods, at least post to the source who did the actual reporting necessary and who broke the story.
 
2013-01-03 12:40:49 PM  
I'm a patent lawyer. A couple months back there was a thread about the top 25 innovations of the last 25 years. I represent the inventors of one of those products. They were a bunch of engineers who left their cushy job to live off their savings and spouse's benefits when they couldn't convince their employer the value of their new idea. After a couple of years they progressed enough to win some funding, which allowed for meager salaries, and they were eventually acquired. They didn't exactly strike it rich and almost all of them still work in the same group (although it's changed hands a couple of times), despite having created an entirely new market worth billions.

Well of course along trots Johnny-Come-Lately who didn't even bother to hide the fact that they reverse engineered the product, and didn't even bother to change it once technology progressed to the point that they could easily avoid the patents. Suddenly Johnny has hundreds of millions in revenue despite having risked nothing in R&D. We even offered to license for a completely reasonable rate, but they refused. So yeah, we're suing the shiat out of them.

Not trying to persuade anyone or anything. I'm just saying that I know more about patent trolls and patent system weaknesses than most of you armchair haters, but I sleep just fine at night.
 
2013-01-03 08:17:57 PM  

that was my nickname in highschool: I'm a patent lawyer. A couple months back there was a thread about the top 25 innovations of the last 25 years. I represent the inventors of one of those products. They were a bunch of engineers who left their cushy job to live off their savings and spouse's benefits when they couldn't convince their employer the value of their new idea. After a couple of years they progressed enough to win some funding, which allowed for meager salaries, and they were eventually acquired. They didn't exactly strike it rich and almost all of them still work in the same group (although it's changed hands a couple of times), despite having created an entirely new market worth billions.

Well of course along trots Johnny-Come-Lately who didn't even bother to hide the fact that they reverse engineered the product, and didn't even bother to change it once technology progressed to the point that they could easily avoid the patents. Suddenly Johnny has hundreds of millions in revenue despite having risked nothing in R&D. We even offered to license for a completely reasonable rate, but they refused. So yeah, we're suing the shiat out of them.

Not trying to persuade anyone or anything. I'm just saying that I know more about patent trolls and patent system weaknesses than most of you armchair haters, but I sleep just fine at night.


Fair enough. If your aunt Mabel's travel agency got a letter from the holding corporation in the article, how would you suggest she handle it?
 
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