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(Ars Technica)   East Texas patent court rules that a company that created business websites in 1996 is guilty of infringing on a business website patent filed in 1998   ( divider line
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2012-10-14 01:05:18 AM  
2 votes:
East Texas: it's like the Texas of Texas.
2012-10-13 10:16:46 PM  
2 votes:

Butter-Glider Jockey: This American Life did a story a while back on how and why these Texas courts have become a magnet for patent lawsuits. Link.

Several things are truly sick in that article. One, the USPO is granting patents where there is not just prior art but previous patents. Second was the guy being threatened with a lawsuit but they wouldn't tell him what they were suing him for until they got to court! He should either settle and pay them money or lawyer up and attend court where they'll be told what IP they have infringed. WTF?

The system is broken. The US government needs to figure out a way to cancel any patent that should not have been granted. Problem is I can't see any way of doing this apart from letting everyone take everyone else to court and prove they have prior art. That would take years and since patents only last twenty years they could run out before they could be cancelled.

Maybe the best solution is just to tell the USPO to start being more strict now and refuse to grant any patent where there is prior art, and within about twenty years the whole system should be fixed....

Here in the UK I have a couple of patents myself, and the first thing the UK IPO did was send me a whole bunch of patents it thought were prior art and covered my application and said "Show us your idea is new and not the same as these."
2012-10-13 03:36:53 PM  
2 votes:
The point of Republicans is to shiat on America and grin like they achieved something. Texas is probably the greatest Republican stronghold at this point, so you're going to get results like this.

I live in Texas, and the people who are doing this? Are not good people. They don't respect honor, and truth, and science -- not in any way that matters. They can be kind and generous, but as soon as their politics come up, they forget how business and decency work, and they do what they're told and they think what they're told, and ultimately there's no choice but to hold them to account for this.

They're not going to get better. There's no argument that'll make them be honest. There are no words that'll make them see reason. They're ignorant, and they're going to be ignorant until they die, and they're going to shiat on America with every vote they case until they die.

That's the hardest lesson to learn, that reason is beyond them. It shouldn't be true, and it's a disappointment beyond any other, but that's the way it is. Being an American means pushing past these people. It's not enough to just wait for them to die, we've got to do better. We've got to get these people doing what they do best -- which, generally, is watching Matlock and cashing their government checks. These people have done enough to--- ah, for, America. Let's help give them some time off from doing more.
2012-10-13 01:02:25 PM  
2 votes:
To anyone familiar with it, East Texas Patent Court is synonymous with ridiculously fraudulent and quite often illiterate claim.

Some numbskull down there had something called "free speech store" . Where he'd first go copy others works off of web sites, put them behind a paywall, then charge you if you wanted him to take them down. Brilliant plan. Some pissant local judge backed him up on all of this.

I got to be the one handling some of this ridiculous legal action, since our ISP customers were the ones going after him. Good times. Never saw so much ridiculous legal paper flying around. Of course we had to respond/comply with every dumbass subpoena they sent.

The whole East Texas Patent frauds need a federal take-down, Waco style.
2012-10-14 07:47:23 AM  
1 vote:
If you are looking for work, the US Patent Office is desperately seeking employees with strong technical backgrounds that can help them prevent handing out unwarranted technical patents.
2012-10-13 08:51:38 PM  
1 vote:

LikeALeafOnTheWind: Butter-Glider Jockey: This American Life did a story a while back on how and why these Texas courts have become a magnet for patent lawsuits. Link.

Thanks for posting that. ive been writing code for 15 years and that was a very interesting read. id have to agree with the other engineers quoted, for the most part software patents are a bunch of bullshiat. I have several that were issued based on code i wrote for my old company. Ive never actually read any of them. it doesnt make sense to me that you can just describe in words how you think a process would work in code and get a patent based on that without any actual implementation of the code proven. I did in fact implement my ideas in code that worked and is still running today processing millions in loans every month, but still my patents are probably not really patentable inventions, copyright provides all the intellectual property protection we need for software.
The whole thing is messed up at many levels.

Copyright only protects against those who copy you. Patents protect against independent inventors, including companies that don't even know of your existence.

You can get a patent without an actual implementation of software because the relevant legal standard is that you describe it well enough that "a person having ordinary skill in the art" would be able to make the invention. I assume you can hand a flow-chart to most programmers and they can write a module of code that does each box. It's not too important what lines of code are in the modules (files, objects, whatever).

/patent lawyer
2012-10-13 07:14:25 PM  
1 vote:
Texass strikes again
2012-10-13 06:24:14 PM  
1 vote:

jesdynf: The point of Republicans is to shiat on America and grin like they achieved something.

Funniest thing I've seen all day. Bravo.
2012-10-13 06:00:18 PM  
1 vote:
I wonder how many insanely well-off Federal judges there are in the Eastern District of Texas these days.
2012-10-13 02:55:33 PM  
1 vote:
This American Life did a story a while back on how and why these Texas courts have become a magnet for patent lawsuits. Link.
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