Universities Get Into Patent Trolling Game; Sue Over Bluetooth

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Can't get far these days without running into yet another pointless patent lawsuit. The latest comes from the University of Washington, which has asked a research foundation to sue Nokia, Samsung and Matsushita, claiming all three are daring to offer Bluetooth technology without first licensing the technology from them. And people wonder why standards bodies these days dissolve into deadlocked stagnation for years. It's all about the patents. No one wants to give up on the version of the standard that might include some tiny bit of their own (probably overly broad and obvious) patented technology, because it's just so damn lucrative. The end result is that it slows down or kills various useful standards that would help move industries forward. Once again, that seems to go entirely against the purpose of the patent system.

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    misanthropic humanist, 3 Jan 2007 @ 10:31am

    lets av it

    Bluetooth is packet radio. There are PR protocols using RTTY (like morse but FSK encoded) going back to the 1950s that predate TCPIP.

    Let's see the patent so we can utterly destroy it here.

    "However, it said that the three companies had all sold devices based on chipsets made by British-based CSR, which had not been licensed."

    So why not produce their own VLSI that implements the protocol standards using their own technology?

    This is just anti-progressive, destructive behaviour. Is that what the University of Washington has become?

    Fucking luddites.

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