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(Ars Technica)   Patent trolls got crushed fighting tech manufacturers so now they're suing tech end users   ( arstechnica.com) divider line
    More: Asinine, Project Paperless, non-practicing entity, Santa Clara University, patent lawyers, shell companies, Atlanta area, manufacturers, fighting  
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5928 clicks; posted to Geek » on 02 Jan 2013 at 8:28 PM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-01-02 07:30:07 PM  
5 votes:
that's interesting, because i patented the process for threatening end users with overly-broad patent claims. you'll be hearing from my lawyer.
2013-01-02 09:49:41 PM  
4 votes:

AbiNormal: This is why we need to round up all lawyers and run them through a meat grinder and dump the resulting sludge into the sewer where they farking belong.

Then all the sueage would back up!


Shutting up now.
2013-01-02 09:11:57 PM  
4 votes:

FuturePastNow: The obvious solution is to scan your ass and sent that to them as payment.


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2013-01-03 01:20:19 AM  
3 votes:
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2013-01-02 06:07:30 PM  
3 votes:
I invented the cheeseburger. If you've ever eaten one then you owe me and robble robble robble.
2013-01-02 09:22:02 PM  
2 votes:
Why cant' people shoot up places full of people like this?
2013-01-02 11:39:25 PM  
1 vote:
Did not read the thread, but holy CRAP is the guy they sued awesome.

Vicinanza noticed a few of his customers who had been threatened had been on the "Atlanta's Best Workplaces" list published annually by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The "best workplaces" list included the number of employees each business had, which would have been useful to Project Paperless lawyers in calculating their demands. These were always on a per-employee basis.
Working backward off the "best workplaces" list, Vicinanza was able to get in touch with several other Project Paperless targets, suggesting that Project Paperless lawyers were indeed targeting companies based on the list.

Reactions to the letters varied. "Without question, some people were livid," said Vicinanza. "Some of the smaller ones were scared out of their wits, in addition to being livid."
Some were ready to fight back, while others had no intention of doing so. One mid-sized Atlanta business in the process of being acquired by a major Silicon Valley tech company paid the Project Paperless demand, no questions asked. Some companies just ignored the letters; others talked to an attorney. It isn't clear the companies that did speak to their lawyers about the situation actually fared better.
"The patent attorneys typically have a whole different set of objectives," said Vicinanza. "Now they're in settlement mode. If the company does end up getting sued and the lawyer said 'ignore them,' a company could find themselves paying treble damages. Even my attorneys told me, settle it, you're crazy to fight."

But that wasn't Vicinanza's style. "I'm an IT guy, so I read the patent-and I was just appalled that this could even be called a patent."

And now I have the "Real American Hero" theme stuck my head.

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Here's to you, Mr. Small Business Patent Troll Crimefighter
Mr Small Business Patent Troll Crimefighter!
They told you to roll over; instead, you went straight for their throats
IT Geek Batman!
You seek out the vulnerable small employee businesses they target... and then run kickass.exe
Blue screen of Judicial Death!
Shell company after shell company pops up... and you vow to knock em down like Whack A Mole
Using too many similes and metaphors here!
Well, action fighting IT geek is kind of uncharted literary territory, you know
Here's to you Mr Small Business Patent Troll Crimefigher!
2013-01-02 10:37:36 PM  
1 vote:

Benjimin_Dover: There was an awful lot of "your company likely uses" in that letter. Instead of fighting it, I would ask for specifics of how MY company was infringing.

We are Amish furniture makers. PDF files are against scripture.
2013-01-02 09:58:07 PM  
1 vote:

BummerDuck: fluffy2097: Why cant' people shoot up places full of people like this?

Pah. Just ignore them. They go away.

Ran a business once, amazing the number of scams and scammers out there that pray on small businesses.

Good example was OHSHA. I loved their threatening letters, and phone calls. "We'll shut you down!". I just laughed and hung up. Idiots.

I wouldn't take calls and threatening letters from OHSHA either!

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2013-01-02 09:14:09 PM  
1 vote:
A process for reading (or not reading) a news (or not news) article and then posting informed (or uniformed) comments based on the contents of that article to a web site also containing a link to said article.

Boom! Every Farker owes me $1000.
2013-01-02 08:58:12 PM  
1 vote:
The obvious solution is to scan your ass and sent that to them as payment.
2013-01-02 08:56:15 PM  
1 vote:
You know who scans a lot of paper documents?

Law Offices.

Good luck vs. every other lawyer in the world.
2013-01-02 08:42:14 PM  
1 vote:
I prefer to panic first, and then blindly write checks until the letters stop.

/If they're dumb enough to take a personal check from me, they deserve to deal with the consequences
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