My alternative busines model

Xavi Drudis Ferran xdrudis at
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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