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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