RealNetworks Sues Burst, Seeking Judgment Saying It Doesn't Infringe

from the pre-empting-a-marshall-texas-lawsuit dept

We’ve covered the history of and its questionable patents before. While the company was recently able to squeeze $10 million out of Apple, following the $60 million it got from Microsoft, speculation had begun on who the next target would be. In fact, apparently a Burst investor had started posting videos to YouTube trying to show how a variety of companies all infringed on Burst’s patents. Of course, if we had a sane patent system, most people would look at this to suggest that the concepts in Burst’s patents were fairly obvious and never should have received patent protection in the first place — but that’s not how things work these days. Among the companies listed in the videos were Google, AOL, Adobe and RealNetworks. Apparently, that was enough to worry RealNetworks, who has filed for a declaratory judgment in Northern California claiming that it does not infringe on Burst’s patents. This was, by the way, the same strategy that Apple took (suing first) almost exactly two years ago. With so much fear of cases getting forced into Marshall, Texas, it’s no surprise that those threatened would try to file for declaratory judgments on friendlier grounds. It will be interesting to see if Google, AOL or Adobe follow suit.

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angry dude says:

techdirt imbeciles

Yeah, right

each and very patented idea is obvious in Mike’s humble opinion

yeha, he is fucking genious with some bs degree in PR or whatever bullshit they teach nowdays
Fucking waste of educational facilities

Mikey , do you even know what FFT stands for ?

How bout HHT ?

Well, that’s a tough one, I admit

Good night clueless incest victims

Chronno S. Trigger says:

Re: techdirt imbeciles

Fast Fourier transform? Where douse that apply? Why do you think that anyone would want to know what that is to say that this patent (6,282,276) is blatantly obvious? Why would you even need to know that there’s an equation that douse that? Seems kinda obvious to me how to track a phone bill.

How about you look up the patent you’re trying to defend before you say something. In case you’re also Lazy Dude as well as Angry, let me sum it up for you. You call a “Value added service” AKA tech support, and a person/machine keeps track of how much you are charged, your payment information, and sends that information to the value added service. Sounds like something I do every day. Seems kinda obvious to me. Hell, I didn’t even know I was doing it.

JustMatt says:


I assume he isn’t so much ‘angry’ as horrifically depressed at his lot in life, so he therefore attempts to belittle other people in order to feel some measure of control and/or superiority. He professes to be knowledgeable on a wide variety of subjects but he never provides explanation for his positions, preferring instead ad-hominem attacks. I know he is a troll. I suspect he is a sock puppet for Dorpus.

Try to turn that frown upside down and have a nice day Angry Dude, smooches!

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