Yahoo Settles NCR Patent Dispute

from the but-why? dept

NCR has somehow convinced Yahoo to settle the patent suit NCR filed against them last year. NCR, who has increasingly turned into a litigation happy patent holder, has over the past five years sued (among others) Netscape, Palm, Handspring and Yahoo for various patent infringements – which were all questionable claims. In none of these cases did NCR actually offer a product that was, in any way, similar to what the companies they sued were offering. At least in the Palm/Handspring case the judge dismissed the claim as having no merit. However, it looks like Yahoo didn’t want to bother with a full trial, and has agreed to settle and license the patents, rather than fight the battle. Once again, I’m wondering how this encourages innovation rather than stifles it?

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