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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  1. identicon
    angry dude, 21 Mar 2006 @ 11:19am

    Re: 200+

    >For example, (Not that I think you have ever used much less >even seen a REAL chainsaw, nevermind sharpen one)

    Man , you come to conclusions based on insufficient info.
    I have a nice house sitting on an acre of woods, so i get to use chainsaw quite often, I already went through 2 chainsaws - the cheap ones are just junk, I will be buying something more expensive like Husqvarna.
    (And althout I work on signal processing algorithms, I do have my garage full of power tools - table saw, miter saw, air tools,
    router etc. etc. etc. - sometimes you need to do something else for relaxation)
    But you are right, I never sharpened one - I just replaced chains.
    It's good to know that somebody is thinking about such improvements.
    Now, try to make a little money on your inventions without patents. Good luck...
    And if you don't patent and don't publish your results they will be just lost for everyone else.

    Money aside, patents do have some purpose - open publication, so everuone can go to and read about your work.

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