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Old 01-28-2013, 06:02 PM   #26
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Jonas Salk??? Really? How old are you? I don't mean that as rude just maybe that would explain it?
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Jonas Salk, isn't he one-third of that singing brothers trio?
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:14 PM   #28
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How many of you read the article? I know "Newegg sucks" is apparently the current them about them on here but damn if this doesn't make me want to go build a new PC:

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"We basically took a look at this situation and said, 'This is bullshit,'" said Cheng in an interview with Ars. "We saw that if we paid off this patent holder, we'd have to pay off every patent holder this same amount. This is the first case we took all the way to trial. And now, nobody has to pay Soverain jack squat for these patents."
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Then they pop up and say, "Hello, surprise! Give us your money or we will shut you down!" Screw them. Seriously, screw them. You can quote me on that.
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How many of you read the article? I know "Newegg sucks" is apparently the current them about them on here but damn if this doesn't make me want to go build a new PC:
Did you read the thread? I don't think that anybody in here said anything remotely close to "Newegg sucks".
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So the companies that settled with the patent troll, do they get their money back or they lose it?
Depends on the terms of the settlement. Usually, there's some language in there to the effect of "this is it, case closed, no new info, zip, bang, boom, to the moon!"

Or somesuch.
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Did you read the thread? I don't think that anybody in here said anything remotely close to "Newegg sucks".
There's been a lot of people saying Newegg sucks, not in this thread but ATOT in general. Generally its the same idiocy (not contacting customer support or getting pissed about some shipping issue caused by a hurricane or something) that ATOT used to jump all over people for, but now half the people are saying "yeah they're shit now". Some still defend them but, well its ATOT. That's what my point on that was about.
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:51 PM   #32
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Some of use actually like Newegg and now even more. I've never had anything but great service from Newegg and this case kicks ass!
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Patent trolls have been around for a very long time. Thomas Edison and the Wright Brothers being two famous old timey ones. Which highlights just how absurd the patent system is. The system is broken because patent terms are too long and the patent office allows language to be too vague.

The other big issue is tort law reform. All these lawsuits over frivolous things are a waste of the court's time and resources. It's just too easy to sue someone over something stupid to the point where the courts are just another cog in the production line. There's way too many idle lawyers in America. We'd do well to eliminate half of them... at minimum.

agree 100%

im not even sure if patents are a good idea in any case. or, have patents but the patent holder simply collects a yearly royalty based on fair market value and number of goods sold... to have this system now where nobody else can perfect your idea just causes stagnentation in innovation.
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If I was king of America, I'll make it so that you can only patent the exact product. If your product sucks and someone else improves it and out sell you? Oh well, try harder next time.

And the penalty for losing frivolous lawsuits is castration, start with the lawyer, then the people who brought on the suit.
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How many of you read the article? I know "Newegg sucks" is apparently the current them about them on here but damn if this doesn't make me want to go build a new PC:
LOL yeah those are hilarious quotes. Definitely buying from Newegg more now lol.

All the times I've bought there have been a pretty decent experience too. I just tend to buy from Tigerdirect and NCIX since they're in Canada. But Newegg does have a Canadian site so at least I don't pay customs.
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So the companies that settled with the patent troll, do they get their money back or they lose it?
Most likely lose it.

FWIW, this was not the easiest case for Newegg to win. They likely spent millions on invalidating the patent in question. And the invalidation required expert testimony of the former chief technology officer of compuserve. It was also a case of sovereign shooting themselves in the foot by arguing for a very broad claim interpretation that ultimately made their claims vulnerable to an invalidity argument.

Also FWIW, the activity pursued by sovereign is perfectly legal. You can argue that its "not right" till you are blue in the face, but patents are (for better and for worse) treated as property that (like real estate) may be exchanged between parties and (like real estate) may be used to prevent others from taking action (i.e., entering/using property).

That said, good for Newegg for standing up to a non-practicing entity and winning.
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If I was king of America, I'll make it so that you can only patent the exact product. If your product sucks and someone else improves it and out sell you? Oh well, try harder next time.

And the penalty for losing frivolous lawsuits is castration, start with the lawyer, then the people who brought on the suit.
Good thing for me (and the rest of us) that you don't rule America.
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You can only exercise the first right of refusal if you pay me a licensing fee. I patented the first right of refusal. And don't even think of quoting me for a reply.... yes I own that as well.
Did you conveniently forget about my second line? It's fool proof. I own you and everyone.
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agree 100%

im not even sure if patents are a good idea in any case. or, have patents but the patent holder simply collects a yearly royalty based on fair market value and number of goods sold... to have this system now where nobody else can perfect your idea just causes stagnentation in innovation.
Care to back up your incredibly broad statements?

FWIW, one option for damages in a patent infringement suit is a "reasonable royalty" based on fair market value. See this article for a pretty good overview for other mechanisms for assessing damages:

http://www.cornerstone.com/files/Pub...nt%20Cases.pdf
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Depends on the terms of the settlement. Usually, there's some language in there to the effect of "this is it, case closed, no new info, zip, bang, boom, to the moon!"

Or somesuch.
Settlement = binding contract, usually sanctioned by a court. They ain't getting their money back.

License = binding contract. Not sanctioned by a court . . . but likely doesn't matter because it was probably structured so that payment was a lump sum or otherwise front loaded (all payments made up front).
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From that reddit thread:

Wow patenting podcasts? Do they own the patent to MP3s?



What the hell? Patenting serial keys? Wow...
What seems obvious now . . . might not have been 20 years ago.
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This is why the patent system needs to simply be abolished. It's nothing but a monopoly factory and discourages fair competition. At the very least, they should make it so you can't patent very broad things, or things that are already in use. They should also only last a couple years at most, not forever.
The U.S. patent system doesn't give you the right to do anything except prevent others from doing something within your claims (i.e., to make, use, sell, offer for sale, import, or export the claimed invention).

There are very good (and valid) arguments that the patent system encourages innovation, often to a significant degree. It may stifle innovation in certain cirumstances, but having those limited circumstances guide the system as a whole is like having the cart drive the horse.

The patent system itself DOES in fact prevent patenting of overly broad claims and things that are already in use. Did anyone bother to look at the patents that were at issue in the newegg case? I did. One was filed in 1994. Anyone here remember what the state of the internet was back in 1994? I do. It was for most part a bunch of vax servers and a sorrier than shit bunch of bulletin boards. Mosaic was on the scene, but hardly anyone knew about it.

The patent system per se is fine. If you want to point fingers, point them at the USPTO. Examiners are simply not given enough time to exhaustively examine each application put before them. I know. I was one for many years before I left to become a patent attorney. In the face of those constraints, outliers (if you can even call the cases in the Newegg suit that) will get through the PTO.
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What seems obvious now . . . might not have been 20 years ago.
Yes, but both of those things existed 20 years ago and both were already old news.
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This was brought up several times in the comments section of the Ars article, but never answered -- now that the patents are invalidated, can the companies that settled get their money back or countersue to retrieve the funds? Or is it simply "You're a dumbass for settling, you're fucked"?
Usually the latter.

And they might not be dumbasses. When faced with the following options, which would you pick?

A) Sovereign says, pay us $100k and we'll go away; or
B) Sovereign says, ok, you won't pay? Lets fight in court, you'll spend $1+ million, and and then you might lose and pay us a lot more than the $100k we're asking for.

Most companies pay the $100k. Newegg didn't. While they won, they didn't exactly come out on top financially, did they? And Sovereign's argument of infringement was not terrible, which is why the CAFC did not order them to pay Newegg's legal fees (FWIW - ordering one party to pay the other parties legal fees is generally rare in the US).
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Why don't these companies ban together to spread the costs of fighting the lawsuits?
Others have answered this question differently, but my 2c is that complications are introduced when several companies join to fight the same lawsuit. The case gets infinitely more complex, there are privilege/conflict issues (if A and B join forces to fight a suit by C, who controls the litigation? Are communications between A and B's attorneys privileged?, etc.) Its just . . . simpler to fight a suit one on one.
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At the opposite end of the spectrum, look at Tesla and Jonas Salk and where their patents got them.
Salk donated his polio vacccine "to the world." A brilliant and generous man . . . but arguably a complete financial idiot.
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Yes, but both of those things existed 20 years ago and both were already old news.
Not really my point, but sure.

FWIW, my point was that you when you are looking at a patent from 20 years ago, you need to consider what was old and obvious back then. Not what is old and obvious now.
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Good thing for me (and the rest of us) that you don't rule America.
Actually I think he's on to something. There definitely needs to be a hammer brought down on all these stupid lawsuits. Not just patents, but all stupid lawsuits in general.

Actually how about this. When you sue someone and lose, you should have to pay the money you were suing for, to the victim! So you want to make some stupid lawsuit? Well the money you ask for better be an amount you are willing to lose if the lawsuit does not go your way.

Would also stop people from suing for ridiculous arbitrarily made up amounts because they'd have to make sure that what they sue for they can afford to lose. Give it a risk element, and perhaps all these stupid lawsuits that happen would stop, or at least slow down.
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That's part of the issue, ideas and concepts should not be considered intellectual property. Especially some of the absurd stuff that's not even owned or created by anybody such as laws of physics and other concepts based on the way science works. Ex: take the light bulb. It's based on science and the way science works. Nobody should be able to patent that. The invention itself may have been invented, but it only works because of science.
Everything in the solar system works "because of science," so by your argument no one should be able to patent anything?!?

FWIW, laws of nature and mere ideas are already not patentable in the US. See 35 USC 101. There are innumerable cases on that very point. You are complaining because you don't see any of those cases and your limited understanding of the patent law is based on one case a website happened to post about.

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Patents only encourage monopoly by only allowing one company to use a concept. If anything the system needs a complete revamp, and more specification on what can and cannot be patented.
There is quite a bit of litigation ongoing right now that is dealing with what is and is not patentable subject matter. You might want to take a look at some of those cases, and many of them concern software.

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The biggest thing is, something already in use should not be patentable,
For the most part, existing U.S. patent law prevents technology that has been previously used from becoming patented. Trade secrets are a limited exception, as the patent law is skewed towards favoring disclosure of technology.

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or something that is part of an ongoing trend. Ex: tablets and touch screens are a trend. Nobody should be able to patent ANYTHING to do with those devices. Again all this would need to be clearly defined somewhere.
An interesting idea. But seeing as how congress can't pass a BUDGET in four years I don't see how they would update the patent law to keep up with the whims of the modern world. What would the "trend" be based on? How would something be determined to be "trendy?" What population are we talking about? The US, some country in Africa, etc.?

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Patents should go to a public board of sorts for approval, and not just be approved on the spot like they are now.
Do you have any idea what the USPTO does?

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Anyone should be able to apply to be on this board (could cost money, require vote etc). They could have multiple boards for different topics. Ensure that everyone on the board understands the patent and what it entails.
Under the America Invents Act (the bulk of which goes into effect March 16 of this year), there are multiple avenues to challenge a recently granted patent without having to resort to full blown litigation. See, e.g., http://www.fr.com/reexam-services-post-grant-pgreview/

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Patents is a complicate thing during the international business.
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