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Xavi Drudis Ferran
xdrudis at tinet.org
Sat Dec 7 11:38:45 UTC 2002
I'm sorry for the repeated mails, but some configurations
errors in this computer I borrowed caused mails to
be lost or sent from the wrong address.
El Fri, Dec 06, 2002 at 03:45:34PM +0100, xdrudis deia:
> El Thu, Dec 05, 2002 at 11:14:17PM +0100, Niall Douglas deia:
> > Patents in general are mostly used for defensive purposes ie; I take
> > out patents so if anyone tries to sue me for patent infringement,
> > then I can sue them back. Same goes for royalties - IBM has almost
> > all its royalty payment waived because they can point to some patent
> > they own and say "ah, you must pay us for using this".
> A nice account of just this is in Forbes magazine, by a former
> Sun lawyer, Gary Reback
> > However especially of late there has been an increase in offensive
> > patent use ie; companies which produce and use nothing (and therefore
> > can't get sued for patent infringement) suing others for infringing
> > their patent portfolio. The US is likely to legistlate against these
> > someday, because they're pissing off the big players (who don't like
> > to be exploited like they exploit others).
> Usually patent parasites are good at measuring how much can
> they ask to big fishes so that they get as much as they can
> but it's still so little for the big fishes that they don't
> bother reacting.
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