Pants full of macaroni!!: I love how "trolls" is in scare quotes throughout the entire article.
wombatoftruth: Apparently Business Insider doesn't hire editors. Interesting article despite the broken writing.
Lars The Canadian Viking: We Don't Need People Like You (also from Dan M)Many years back, when I was fresh out of school, I decided to apply for a job at the United Stated Patent and Trademark Office. The USPTO had started to grant patents on computer programs and, as such, was looking for Computer Science Patent Examiners.After filling out the requisite stack of application paperwork, I was granted an interview. When I arrived for the interview, there was a small waiting room for candidates for the position. Half an hour later, my name was called and I entered the interviewer's office.I sat there in silence for roughly 8 seconds until he turned the résumé around and pointed to the second line, "what is this?" he demanded, jabbing roughly at the education section."Uhh," I paused, wondering if I had misspelled my degree. "Umm.... Bachelor of Computer Science... Carnegie Mellon... School of Computer Sci-""That's what I thought" he said scornfully.I blankly started. After a few moments I responded, "I'm sorry?""Do you have any idea what we do here, Dan?""Yes, I do", I stuttered, "you examine patent applications on a variety of systems and...whatnot. Right?""Exactly! We don't need people like you here," he said, tossing my résumé back at me. "We only accept Math and Engineering majors here!"Obviously, my career aspirations at the USPTO died shortly after that. Though, after the experience, I tend not to be as surprised as others when we hear the latest story about somebody being granted a patent for "inventing" the scrollbar or something.http://thedailywtf.com/Articles/Its-All-About-C,-The-CIA-Interview,- -N ot-People-Like-You.aspx
Opacity: Read the articles about Newegg's battle. I'd start by hiring the same legal team they used.
Cormee: "It's one level above child molesting," Curtis says.lol...wut?
interstellar_tedium: Cormee: "It's one level above child molesting," Curtis says.lol...wut?Greatest quote well not ever but of today at least, maybe even the month. These trolls and the attorneys who represent them need to be made to worry about suffering some serious monetary
Edymnion: What we need is a federal law that simply states that one cannot sue for patent infringement in any area you are not directly participating in.
Theaetetus: That story is true, but out of date. The PTO now hires CS majors.
interstellar_tedium: These trolls and the attorneys who represent them need to be made to worry about suffering some serious monetary damage for these suits, even if it just their own costs.
SuperNinjaToad: patent trolls are like the 2010s equivalent of cybersquatters but worse.
Marcus Aurelius: Theaetetus: That story is true, but out of date. The PTO now hires CS majors.You wouldn't know it by the things that are not obvious to them.Or maybe they keep the CS majors away from the CS IP submissions.
xanadian: Maybe we can just carpet bomb the patent trolls? Or is that patented, too?
AmazinTim: Kevin O' Connor, the founder of DoubleClickI'm sure he was really hurting for advice.
Jacobin: I patented the idea of using keys on a board to type, so you all owe me 50 cents
Theaetetus: MythDragon:/BTW, I patented a system for viewing no talent ass-clows over the internet. You owe me a dollar. Each.What's a clow?
StoPPeRmobile: SuperNinjaToad: patent trolls are like the 2010s equivalent of cybersquatters but worse.Never got the hate for that. It's like real estate.
Snarfangel: Theaetetus: MythDragon:/BTW, I patented a system for viewing no talent ass-clows over the internet. You owe me a dollar. Each.What's a clow?[448x988 from http://img266.imageshack.us/img266/6897/animebackingrh6.jpg image 448x988]
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