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A very brief update on the patent lawsuit against Fark. Dogs wanting steak (Patent #4534989) unavailable for comment on the advice of their legal counsel 
Posted by Drew at 2011-02-15 5:03:43 PM, edited 2011-02-15 5:46:14 PM (317 comments) | Permalink

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So last month we got hit with a patent lawsuit. Yay, good times. I can't comment on much about it, however I do want say this patent has nothing to do with anything Fark does. If you want to have a look it's at http://www.wikipatents.com/US-Patent-6370535/system-and-method-for-structured-n e ws-release-generation-and. You'll probably pretty quickly figure out why it doesn't apply to us, especially if you have a journalism background.

So we're in the clear, right? Unfortunately no. Patent lawsuits are a different kind of lawsuit altogether, you can't just show up and say "hey this doesn't apply to us at all" and then have the case dismissed. Patent lawsuits take a long time, I read somewhere 18 months on average. And it's very unfortunate that we're the only defendant named in the lawsuit not owned by a large corporation or that isn't sitting on a huge stockpile of venture capital. However the good news there is at least there are some big dogs in this fight, so we'll see how things progress. I'd rather not be in it at all, however.
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2011-02-15 05:53:24 PM
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2011-02-15 05:53:39 PM
So who do we need to unleash the power of this fully armed and operational battle station Fark on?
 
2011-02-15 05:54:09 PM
...Would rather not be in the Et Al is more likely.

This is bad. All the beer money is being spent on lawyers.

Who claims to own the patent?
 
2011-02-15 05:54:59 PM
Ahh, patent trolls, the perfect way to make money without doing anything at all.
 
2011-02-15 05:56:03 PM
img86.imageshack.us
 
2011-02-15 05:56:13 PM
Patent lawsuits are a different kind of lawsuit
 
2011-02-15 05:56:15 PM
So we're in the clear, right? Unfortunately no. Patent lawsuits are a different kind of lawsuit altogether,

Patent lawsuits are a different kind of lawsuit.
 
2011-02-15 05:56:26 PM
Patent lawsuits are a different kind of lawsuit altogether

Patent lawsuits are a different kind of lawsuit.
 
2011-02-15 05:56:42 PM
"It's an entirely a different kind of lawsuit altogether"

Good luck folks!
 
2011-02-15 05:57:24 PM
Patent lawsuits are a different kind of lawsuit
 
2011-02-15 05:57:39 PM

BuckTurgidson: Patent lawsuits are a different kind of lawsuit altogether

Patent lawsuits are a different kind of lawsuit.



Patent lawsuits are a different kind of lawsuit.
 
2011-02-15 05:57:43 PM
Even if the site goes broke with legal fees at least you've got your health. Oh right, the liver thing.

I mean, at least you got your devilish good looks. *clicks profile* That five head kind of spoils it actually.

I mean at least you have this awesome website!
 
2011-02-15 05:58:23 PM
I'll bet Drew is really the patent troll...DUN DUN DUNNNNN!
 
2011-02-15 05:58:39 PM
Quick Robin, to the Anonymous phone!
 
2011-02-15 05:58:47 PM
Pantsuit laws are a different kind of lawsuit altogether
 
2011-02-15 05:59:16 PM
Ponzholio:

t0.gstatic.com

So very, very close to the perfect simulpost.
 
2011-02-15 05:59:29 PM
Pantsuit laws are a different kind of lawsuit
 
2011-02-15 05:59:42 PM
We need to help Drew. Quick. Someone purchase me a TotalFark subscription.
 
2011-02-15 06:00:02 PM
images.icanhascheezburger.com
 
2011-02-15 06:00:13 PM
You'll get over it.
 
2011-02-15 06:00:21 PM
Patent lawsuits are a different kind of lawsuit.
 
2011-02-15 06:01:36 PM
Patent lawsuits are the same as other lawsuits.
 
2011-02-15 06:01:55 PM

Julieahni: We need to help Drew. Quick. Someone purchase me a TotalFark subscription.


Done
 
2011-02-15 06:02:28 PM
Pantie lawsuits are a different kind of....what....was I talking about?
 
2011-02-15 06:02:34 PM

tomo12144: Julieahni: We need to help Drew. Quick. Someone purchase me a TotalFark subscription.

Done


Oh wait...not done...I'm broke apparently...lol
 
2011-02-15 06:02:37 PM
I got a B in patents last semester. The answer to my second question went like this:

Issue: Whether a patent lawsuit is like a normal lawsuit.
Rule: Patent lawsuits are not like normal lawsuits
Analysis: Here, we have a patent lawsuit. As mentioned, they are not like normal lawsuits.
Conclusion: Patent lawsuits are a different kind of lawsuit
 
2011-02-15 06:02:49 PM
Patent lawsuits are a different kind of lawsuit.
 
2011-02-15 06:02:53 PM
Time for the Peter Blunt system of Law.
 
2011-02-15 06:03:00 PM
You know people... there are many types of lawsuits, then there are patent lawsuits. Most layfolk dont realize that patent lawsuits are a different kind of lawsuit altogether.


a. different. kind. of. lawsuit. altogether.
 
2011-02-15 06:03:12 PM
Keep making the fight, Drew! You will buck this no problem, and then you can turn around and sue for defamation of character...;)
 
2011-02-15 06:03:21 PM
Law pantsuits are a different kind of pantsuit
 
2011-02-15 06:03:26 PM
Pant suits are a different kind of law suit.
 
2011-02-15 06:03:43 PM
I guess this explains the earlier link flogging the Fark shop...

/Reaches for credit card
 
2011-02-15 06:04:03 PM
Does this patent lawsuit make my butt look big?
 
2011-02-15 06:04:15 PM
Step right up! We got patent lawsuits! Awesome lawsuits! They're not just any lawsuits!
 
2011-02-15 06:04:15 PM
so some douche bags for Harvard have nothing better to do with their time?

WTF? Losers.
 
2011-02-15 06:04:48 PM
He should use his political clout. Didn't Drew with Reddit like get Obama elected or something?
 
2011-02-15 06:04:52 PM

El Chode: I got a B in patents last semester. The answer to my second question went like this:

Issue: Whether a patent lawsuit is like a normal lawsuit.
Rule: Patent lawsuits are not like normal lawsuits
Analysis: Here, we have a patent lawsuit. As mentioned, they are not like normal lawsuits.
Conclusion: Patent lawsuits are a different kind of lawsuit


And you got a B for that tripe? Pfff. Must be at one of those Ivy league "we won't let anyone who paid tuition fail" schools.
 
2011-02-15 06:04:58 PM
So should I turn off my adblocker?
 
2011-02-15 06:05:00 PM
Drew, just give me some names and I'll get the Korean mafia to wipe them out.
 
2011-02-15 06:05:03 PM
Suitpant laws are a different suite of laws.
 
2011-02-15 06:05:08 PM
BalugaJoe

Who claims to own the patent?

Someone behind a series of shell companies.

Any progress on this front?
 
2011-02-15 06:05:12 PM
Patent leather suits are a different kind of leather suit.
 
2011-02-15 06:05:26 PM

tomo12144: tomo12144: Julieahni: We need to help Drew. Quick. Someone purchase me a TotalFark subscription.

Done

Oh wait...not done...I'm broke apparently...lol


Thanks. I appreciate the effort.

/Someone will save this sinking ship. I know it.
 
2011-02-15 06:05:48 PM
Somebody (or group) found out about this website, found out about its awesomeness, and then seemed to kick into damage control mode because it threatened its existence. And they went a nasty route, too. :(
 
2011-02-15 06:06:04 PM

Emnitikcits: BuckTurgidson: Patent lawsuits are a different kind of lawsuit altogether

Patent lawsuits are a different kind of lawsuit.


Patent lawsuits are a different kind of lawsuit.


I just wanted to let you know: We're all counting on you. Good luck.
 
2011-02-15 06:06:15 PM
Patent leather shoes are a different type of leather shoes.
 
2011-02-15 06:06:34 PM

Julieahni: Thanks. I appreciate the effort.


Fixed...was using the wrong card number in PayPal...now go raise hell in TFD

they grow up so fast
 
2011-02-15 06:06:40 PM
Marshall, TX is getting a kick out of these replies..
 
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