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(The Register)   Google and Sonos continue bickering over blindingly obvious minutiae that the patent office mistook for an invention   (theregister.com) divider line
    More: Obvious, Patent application, Lawsuit, Claim, Patent, Copyright, Doctrine of equivalents, patent infringement, Patent infringement  
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667 clicks; posted to Business » on 09 Aug 2022 at 2:35 PM (8 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-08-09 11:00:58 AM  
Ahh, digital methods patents.
I swear, they're just there so the patent office can hire the blind...
 
2022-08-09 3:08:38 PM  
This is probably why I can't change the volume on Chromecast from my iPhone volume control any more. Now I need to use the Google Home app to adjust volume. Sync playback still works well all over the house though.
 
2022-08-09 3:44:52 PM  
I read that as "Soros", as in George.  Too much Pol Tab for me.
 
2022-08-09 3:48:45 PM  
I'm gonna go with Sonos on this one.  When they decided to make a major change in their software that was not compatible with older hardware, they did do a separate software fork that would continue to work (although they stopped updating it).  Of course it was after their user base cried foul, but they did listen.
 
2022-08-09 4:24:44 PM  

Somaticasual: Ahh, digital methods patents.
I swear, they're just there so the patent office can hire the blind...


Someone a while back told how their company feel afoul of such a patent, of transmitting data through a wire.

They beat it though, by transmitting the data as Morse code (it was simple monitoring data), and thus could claim prior art. I guess that illustrates how stupid it was, that they had to change the data into Morse, rather than 0s and 1s, because that's totally different according to the patent office.
 
2022-08-09 5:51:50 PM  
The equivalent of patenting genetic code.

Fark off.

Maybe they can rip off Sonos' patent for making speaker software that stops working after 5 years.
 
2022-08-09 6:12:00 PM  

Somaticasual: Ahh, digital methods patents.
I swear, they're just there so the patent office can hire the blind...


Are any patents significantly better?  I've heard that it works for drug development.  Not because finding a patentable drug is hard (you can buy all the promising cancer treatments you want for a dime a dozen), but because you had better patent it before spending the big money needed to put it through trials (especially human trials).

The "design language" patents (i.e. rounded corners) patents may look equally stupid, but in reality that's just the same as trademarks (see the Chronebooks on Alibaba).
 
2022-08-10 12:10:50 AM  
Remember kids, this is all supposed to be meant to encourage innovation, not kill it. Let's see how the USTPO and the courts are doing. Oh my.
 
2022-08-10 12:20:28 AM  
This is just more mass media manipulation by Sonos and the (((globalists))).

Gay frogs.
 
2022-08-10 6:26:31 AM  
I hope it works out poorly for both. Sonos is as bad as Bose. Worse because they help you intentionally brick their gear when you upgrade to something decent.
 
2022-08-10 7:44:19 AM  
Sonos was smart out of necessity. One lawsuit at a time. Amazon was going to be next but looks like they opted to just pay the licensing fees.
 
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