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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    Joe Smith, 18 Mar 2006 @ 10:16pm

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

    Dear angry dude

    I do not care about making everyone happy. I care about having a patent system which strikes a fair balance and which promotes progress. The shareholders of NTP and Forgent would almost certainly be poorer and less happy under a patent system designed by me.

    I would: (1) seriously raise the bar for qualifying for a patent (2) require plain English in the patents (3) lower the standard for a challenge to a patent (4) do away with injunctions where there has been independent discovery of the innovation (5) in areas of rapid technological progress (e.g.: software and electronics) where a particular discovery is in some appropriate sense inevitable, reduce the patent period to five years (6) do away with business method patents entirely.

    You personally might even be better off under a patent system I designed. Maybe you would even be using a screen name like "happy dude", if I were in charge. The current system, which you defend so vigorously, has left you a seriously bitter individual.

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