Nielsen Sues Comscore With Patent It Once Was Sued For Infringing

from the destructive-force-of-patents dept

Why bother competing if you can just get a patent instead? Nielsen, who was once sued for violating a patent ("5675510") for the invention of a "computer use meter and analyzer," has now sued competitor Comscore over the same patent, which it eventually came into possession of after settling the lawsuit by buying the patent from Jupiter Media Metrix. Once again, however, this seems to demonstrate the pointlessness of the patent system. Metering and analyzing internet traffic is something that came about because everyone needed it and lots of people tried to tackle the problem. No one went into that space because there was the availability of a patent. People got into the space because there was a need and a market. And, now, Nielsen seems to want to beat the competition not through competing with better products, but by suing over a questionable patent.


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    Shon Gale (profile), Mar 24th, 2011 @ 5:22am

    Screw Neilsen. Another old guard company struggling to hold on to it's relevance. Who cares who watches what? Only the idiots at the networks looking to pad the bill more.

     

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    6 (profile), Mar 24th, 2011 @ 6:00am

    "Metering and analyzing internet traffic is something that came about because everyone needed it and lots of people tried to tackle the problem. "

    Perhaps so. But I'm not so sure that's why these claimed inventions came about.

    In any event, at least some claims shouldn't be too hard to defend against in court. Bbbbbbbilski.

    But you're right, patents covering abstract ideas and most software nonsense, if not all, do not promote the useful arts what so ever and it is a wonder how they were permitted in the first place.

     

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    Abernathy, Mar 24th, 2011 @ 6:42am

    Re:

    TV ratings are one of about 80 companies that make up Nielsen. This is about online measurement. Or, by old guard, you're talking about Web 1.0?

     

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    Laurent Nicolas, Mar 24th, 2011 @ 7:07am

    The patent was not even proven valid

    I used to work for NetValue, a competitor of Nielsen that was acquired by Nielsen in 2002.
    NetValue also got sued by MMXI on this patent. No court ever told that the patent was valid.
    The story is that, just before buying the patent to the dying MMXI, Nielsen told the court that they admitted they were infriging the patent. This way, the patent became valid.
    Smart, isn't it? (I'm sarcastic here).

    But it does not mean it is really valid anymore... We'll see.

     

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    6 (profile), Mar 24th, 2011 @ 8:16pm

    " This way, the patent became valid."

    You mean, this way the patent became enforced. Not valid. Validity is a different question than infringement is.

     

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    staff, Mar 25th, 2011 @ 10:07am

    bizarre arguments

    "No one went into that space because there was the availability of a patent"

    Again, you ignore the obvious. Without patents no one would bother to innovate. Otherwise, they would invest all their capital in developing new technologies everyone else would just copy without permission and large would be competitors would elbow them out of the market they created and force them into ruin. Time after time you construct bizarre arguments to fit your desired conclusions.

     

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    Vic Kley, Mar 25th, 2011 @ 10:26am

    Only Masnick decides who gets paid for IP

    OK I get it if its your copyright its real IP and you can sell it and the buyer can own it and sell it.

    But if its an inventor whose patent is at play why his patent means nothing and is an impediment to the progress of the world so let the SOB drop dead or starve to death, for only those with the money to exploit ideas like inventions deserve to be paid.

    Those who pervert justice will inevitably be judged.

     

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