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Yahoo Going Patent Troll: Threatens Facebook Over Patent Infringement

from the when-you're-young dept

We’ve said it a bunch of times here in the past when describing the life cycles of tech companies: when you’re young, you innovate. When you’re old, you litigate. We’ve seen it time and time again. The big tech companies that are no longer innovating and are far removed from their former position as major players in the market, make one last grasp at relevance by breaking out their patent portfolio and beginning to sue. The latest to take this death knell step appears to be Yahoo, which is threatening to sue Facebook for patent infringement. This may be a sad end to the legacy of Yahoo — a once innovative company that has made pretty much all the wrong moves over the last half-decade or so, that is now left to snipe at those more innovative and nimble.

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Anonymous Coward says:

What is truly sad is that the comments on the article on ZDnet appear to think that criticism indicates facebook fanboyishness.

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/facebook/yahoo-threatens-facebook-with-patent-war/9588?tag=mantle_skin;content

But then the fanboy accusation gets thrown around on ZDnet in much the same way as gay gets thrown around in an elementary school playground and apparently by people at or about the same stage of development.

stever (profile) says:

Patents Patents and more Patents

The thing I love most about these fights is that the idea that may have been copied is not central to the product or even slightly important. Apples protecting the touch slider to open concept for example. As such you have to condem such actions as being vexatious, and little more than a desparate grab for money. However if the things are not like that (chances are that they are though) then go Yahoo. We really dont want the term copyright to become a copy it right mentality.

Loki says:

Actually this could become a self-correcting problem. Eventually the “right” people are likely to take note of the innovate-to-litigate phenomena as a sign a company is dying and the minute they start patent trolling their stock will tank faster than Congress’s approval ratings.

All it would take is a maybe 2-3 companies to bottom out like that and see how hesitant the rest get to unzipper those patent portfolios and wave them around.

ltlw0lf (profile) says:

blame patents, not yahoo

That analogy doesn’t quite hold up since patents are weapons that are used lawfully. So by changing the laws you can actually take away the weapons. Try that with guns.

Huh? I use guns lawfully. A lot of people do the same. Ever been to a rifle range or a shooting range? Just because someone shoots a gun doesn’t necessarily mean that they have committed a crime. If they shoot at someone, yes, but if they shoot down range at harmless pieces of paper, nope…not usually.

Some Other AC (profile) says:

WHO'S THE REAL TROLLS???

You sir, need serious anger management work. Please read both this article and the many others on this site.

“The big tech companies that are no longer innovating and are far removed from their former position as major players in the market, make one last grasp at relevance by breaking out their patent portfolio and beginning to sue.”

This statement alone calls out numerous companies that have taken this same path.

ltlw0lf (profile) says:

blame patents, not yahoo

You misunderstood. I was saying that you can’t keep guns away from criminals but you can keep patents away from corporations since they actually have to follow the law.

Yup. I’ve got an itchy trigger finger when it comes to the 2nd amendment. Re-reading what you said, I misunderstood.

Though it is kinda interesting that some states are doing everything in their power to limit the 2nd amendment even though, as you say (and I agree,) you can’t keep guns away from criminals.

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