People Concerned About Paul Allen's Ridiculous Patent Claims Gets USPTO To Begin Re-Exams Of His Patents
from the about-time dept
Last year, we covered Paul Allen’s ridiculous patent lawsuit against a ton of tech companies. He claimed that all of these companies violated four incredibly broad patents he held:
- 6,263,507: “Browser for use in navigating a body of information, with particular application to browsing information represented by audio data.”
- 6,034,652 & 6,788,314 (really the same patent, involving continuations): “Attention manager for occupying the peripheral attention of a person in the vicinity of a display device”
- 6,757,682: “Alerting users to items of current interest”
The details looked really silly, and the broad daylight continues to make them look silly. A bunch of folks who were concerned about this lawsuit (including various other developers and individuals) have chipped in — and some of these completely volunteer efforts have prompted the USPTO to begin investigating the validity of these patents in the first place.
Of course, if the USPTO were doing its job properly, it wouldn’t be approving so many bogus patents that just come back to haunt actual innovators.