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The Best Advertising Stupid Patents Can Buy

from the blah-blah-blah dept

We talk a lot here about bogus patents, so some people seemed surprised that we didn't link to yesterday's hyped up story about a certain consumer electronics company's new patent that supposedly covered the interface for MP3 players -- including (of course), the iPod. Something about the story just didn't seem right, and Forbes has put their finger directly on the issue. While most of the patent stories we write about are either just as the patent is approved or (more likely) when a firm tries to hold another firm hostage with a lawsuit, this one (including the specific fact that it covered the iPod) was being trumpeted directly by the company itself. The company's announcement was also tied to a conference call, and while reporters expected the conference call to be about plans to sue Apple, instead, it was about their own latest products -- a conference call that most would have ignored otherwise. In other words, all of the posturing about the patent covering the iPod was nothing more than a publicity campaign, knowing that plenty of reporters and bloggers would focus in on the story. If the company actually does go after Apple for infringement, that might be a story -- but the story yesterday was simply using a silly patent for a silly promotion.

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  1. identicon
    RBasil, Aug 31st, 2005 @ 3:35pm

    No Subject Given

    And yet Mike you fall into the trap you are complaining by posting about it yourself and giving it more press. Pot - Kettle - Black?

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    Mike (profile), Aug 31st, 2005 @ 5:26pm

    Re: No Subject Given

    Hmm. We don't mention the name of the company. We don't say what they're selling, and we spend the post trashing the company for doing this.

    Not quite sure how that helps their marketing campaign, do you?

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    RBasil, Aug 31st, 2005 @ 7:32pm

    Re: No Subject Given

    Just giving them press helps them. You know what they say, bad press is better than no press at all. ;)

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    John, Aug 31st, 2005 @ 9:51pm

    Re: No Subject Given

    I think calling out the action is appropriate. It's not giving them press, it's alerting others to be more skeptical next time of Creative. That's a good thing.

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