Klausner Adds Another Visual Voicemail Patent Lawsuit

from the whoops,-missed-one dept

Small patent holding firm Klausner Technologies has sued HTC for infringing the patents on visual voicemail it says it holds, adding the phone maker to a long list of companies that have been attacked with the overly broad patent. Just as in the previous cases, it’s not clear how this system actually helps anybody that’s doing any actual innovation; the company with the patent, but which has never apparently done anything to actually bring it to market, gets to assess an innovation tax on companies doing the actual legwork. Meanwhile, the idea underlying the patent — displaying voicemail info on a screen — really isn’t much more than a foreseeable progression of technology. So carry on, patent system, holding back innovation and misaligning incentives.

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Anonymous Coward says:

carlo, you make the mistake common to so many including the masnick: you look back from todays prospective and quality something as obvious now. but it may not have been obvious then. that is always the issue. can you say without a doubt that it was obvious when the patent was submitted? not just the concept,but the steps involved to do it?

Anonymous Coward says:

Don’t patents protect the process, not the end product?

A patent of a toaster would patent the specific mechanical interactions that go on inside the product that lowers bread into a small oven, then pops it up with a timer. The patent would not be able to protect the overall idea of “a small kitchen appliance that automatically toasts bread to the desired amount.”

Another example is that of transistors. The original transistor design is not what we use today, even though it was patented. People found better ways to do the same thing and that’s what we use today.

So how can companies patent overall ideas like visual voice mail? Wouldn’t they have to patent the actual method of translating the voice mail on phone company servers into a visual UI?

I guess this would go back to the whole nonsense of patenting software.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re:

you could have gotten a patent on ‘a small kitchen device using electrical resistance heating and sensor systems to toast bread to a desired amount’, back when it wasnt obvious. its obvious now so something of a joke. heck there is a patent on windshield wipers now isnt that just the most obvious thing now?

Anonymous Coward says:

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You mean the windshield wiper technology that was stolen from the inventor, who had to spend years fighting in the courts to get proper credit and ownership of? Who actually built a working model of his invention beforehand? There was even a Hollywoodized movie about this.

Way to counter your own point: Just because you patent an idea doesn’t mean you’re the rightful holder of that IP.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:2 Re:

Hmm?

Your saying patents are so important because the patent system is broken? Because no one looks for prior art or tries to verify the credibility of an application?

That’s some hilarious circular logic you’ve got going there. “We need patents to protect ourselves from patent trolls! Without the patent system, someone else could claim the patents!”

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:3 Re:

no i am saying because he didnt move to get a patent and declare his prior art, someone else got the patent. once they have the patent he has to then prove actual prior art in a court of law to get it back. harder work. if he had patent his device he wouldnt have the issue. sorry you are trying to twist my words and bait me mike, but you fail.

Trish says:

reply to commentor #1

“not just the concept,but the steps involved to do it?”
There was a post recently on this blog that this comment reminds e of; it was something like ‘if you have an idea to program some function but don’t know how to do it, outsource the problem to a bunch of IT guys and they’ll come up with the code’. Software patents are bs because the code used belongs to everyone, and the ‘inventor’ is really just using that code to perform a function on a computer, he’s not inventing anything. The concept of photo voicemail is pretty obvious, think Star Trek back in the 60’s where images were displayed on a screen and people talked to each other through those screens, wouldn’t take a genius to think of voicemail using video even back then. The steps involved to do that could be ‘invented’ by any decent programmer.

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