EFF Challenges Another Bogus Online Music Patent

from the taking-them-down,-one-by-one dept

The EFF’s patent busting project continues, as it’s filed a challenge against an online music patent held by a company named Seer Systems. The challenge includes plenty of prior art, including some published by the patent holder in a book, long before the patent application was actually filed. It’s great to see the EFF continue to try to mow down these patents one by one, but it’s worth noting how slow and cumbersome this process has been. The EFF first announced its patent busting project more than four years ago. And, while the program has had successes, it’s been very slow going. If it takes this long to bust such obviously bad patents, just think of the trouble dealing with ones that aren’t quite as obviously bad.

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Anonymous Coward says:

It is getting a bit tiring reading all these headlines from self-professed do-gooders (not techdirt…it is an EFF headline) that try and cast patentees as evil people intent on harming the public. Maybe this patent should be terminated. Only its reexamination can provide the answer to whether or not it should have been granted.

What gets lost in the rhetoric, however, is the fact that the vast majority of inventors and attorneys who represent the inventors do act in good faith when filing and prosecuting patent applications. How about giving them the benefit of the doubt, stop with the name calling, and simply review matters such as this on the basis of what the prior art shows or does not show.

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