131 Companies Sued Over Global Text Messaging Patent

from the couldn't-find-anyone-else? dept

The anonymous Patent Troll Tracker points us to a new patent case that appears to involve an astounding 131 defendants, including T-Mobile, Vodafone, China Resources Peoples Telephone Company Ltd, AT&T, Samsung, Palm, Microsoft, and Yahoo!, all concerning patents related to sending text messages internationally, using the internet for part of the trip. Not surprisingly, the patent in question is a continuation patent, which even the USPTO is trying to cut back on, after seeing them abused too often. The patent was just granted last month. Shouldn't it make someone scratch their head to wonder how 131 different companies could all be infringing on a patent just issued? Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that the idea is fairly obvious and never should have received a patent. Now, obviously, you can go back to 1996, when the original patent was filed, but again, the concept seems like the natural progression of the space, which is perhaps why so many companies use it in some way or another.

Filed Under: patents, sms, text messaging


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    Dave Newman, 14 Nov 2007 @ 4:45am

    SMS text messages started in 1992

    Although the ideas in the patent might have been new in the USA in 1996, they were not new in Europe. GSM was defined in 1990, the first commercial services started in 1991, the first SMS text message was sent in 1992, GSM Phase 2 data/fax services were launched in 1994, and FAX/data/SMS roaming started in 1995.

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