Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick

Another Day, Another Pointless Patent Battle

from the and-so-on-and-so-on-and-so-on dept

Another day gone by and another story about some company claiming a random patent concerning a business they're not even in. In this case, it's a patent from the same company that has managed to squeeze a ton of money out of companies by claiming to own a patent on the compression of images used in .jpg images. Now they claim they hold a patent on the concept behind DVRs, thanks to a vague patent that talks about recording TV signals on computers. Once again, you have to ask two important questions: how is that non-obvious enough to deserve a patent? It was a clear evolution of the technology. Second, why do we allow the patent system to work this way when it's clearly not rewarding innovation at all, but actively punishing those companies that innovate? Meanwhile, with TiVo building up their own patent portfolio, it looks like we'll have yet another patent cold war involving all of this nuclear stockpiling. At what point do people realize that the system is broken? It's not encouraging innovation. It's just making some patent lawyers wealthier while taking money out of research and development of new, innovative products.

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    JazzCrazed, 8 Apr 2005 @ 2:51pm

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    Man oh man oh man oh MAN is that infuriating!!!!!!!

    I just can't find any reason to express my argument beyond repeated exclamation marks. But here goes... Just how distant is the recording of TV signals on a DVR from, say, a MiniDV camcorder? Those illegal, too?

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    Bye USA, 8 Apr 2005 @ 3:40pm

    Bye USA

    Lets hope the USA spends all their money on Lawyers. The rest of the world will be busy inovating.

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