The Aftermath Of RIM-NTP: Other Patent Hoarders Emboldened

from the story?--we-need-a-story? dept

Now that the RIM-NTP case is over and the lawyers are counting the loot from a bunch of patents that are very likely to be rejected, it appears that (1) plenty of other patent hoarding firms can't wait to step into the limelight as the "next NTP" and (2) reporters who have been covering this case need to move onto some new patent hoarding company. Well, step right up Forgent, you're the next contestant on "Just How Screwed Up Is Our Patent System?!" The AP has an article all about Forgent's attempts to be the next patent hoarding company to get all the attention. There's absolutely nothing new in this story. We've covered Forgent extensively in the past. The company has done nothing to help innovation in the imaging space. They had some patents collecting dust that they retroactively decided could cover jpg compression technology, and went on a licensing kick, scoring millions of dollars. Of course, now, people are finally digging up some prior art -- but either way it highlights the problem of the patent system. This company did nothing to promote innovation. It did everything to hinder it. And the comments from the company about how this is "the American way" are ridiculous. Holding back others from innovating and improving the market is the American way? Unfortunately, this is the legacy of the RIM-NTP decision. More companies feel emboldened to not innovate, but simply patent and wait for others to innovate.

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    Mike (profile), 18 Mar 2006 @ 9:40pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re-invention

    Yes, patent system sucks, is this what you want to hear, Mike ?

    Sure, because in the past you seem to have always denied it and call us ignorant every time we point that out. So, uh... now you agree with us?

    Also, not quite sure why you would say the system sucks and then call us stupid every time we suggest improvements.

    Now, what other system can you propose to compensate somebody who is doing some fundamental money and/or time-consuming R&D, including drug companies spending billions on discovering new medicines and all the small guys tinkering with stuff in their basements ?

    Well, those are two very different cases, and patents may work in the first case, but for the second case there's still no reason why the market for the actual products can't handle the load.

    aND, btw, you guys want to weaken the patents thinking it will make everubody happy - it won't.

    No. We don't want to make everyone happy. We want to make the net result better for society. There will always be losers when you make changes. However, we believe the net benefit will be much better with a better system in place.

    You should be advocating better patent quality = less patents, not weaker patents.
    Patent quality is the main issue nowadays.

    Uh. Again, do you not read what we write? Over and over and over and over and over again we've been advocating improved quality for patents.

    So you agree with us. Why are you still so angry with us?

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