Company Claims To Have Patented The Concept Of An MP3 Player; Sues Everyone
from the aren't-patents-great? dept
Even if you go back to the earliest date, it seems fairly ridiculous that there's a patent on the overall concept of the MP3 player -- and the fact that this patent seems to involve a series of continuation filings, a trick used by folks like Jerome Lemelson to extend the scope of old patents to cover new technologies, doesn't help this seem any more legitimate. The latest application has added a bunch of claims to the original patent, though, it's still in application stage and those claims may very well be thrown out. Overall, while we hate to use the term "patent troll," all of the initial evidence suggests this is a classic case of patent trolling. Some random inventor, who hasn't brought the product in question to market, is claiming (and continually adjusting) a very broad patent on a basic concept, and then suing all the companies who are actually successfully bringing such a product to market. This is creating incentives for innovation?