What Good Does It Do To Shut Down Trade Show Booths Over Patent Claims?

from the this-does-not-promote-the-progress dept

A somewhat bizarre situation happened in Germany earlier this week, where various demonstrators at the popular CeBit trade show had their booths raided by German police, confiscating various gadgets for infringing on patents. Patent law is a bit different in Germany, allowing this type of seizure, but I can't understand what sort of practical reason there could be for allowing such a thing. No one was directly selling these products, just demonstrating them. Second, confiscating the products ruins the tradeshow appearance for these companies without them having a chance to defend themselves against the charges of infringement. I could understand preventing the sale of products after it's proven in a trial that infringement occurred, but to simply confiscate display gadgets without a trial seems counterproductive. All it's really going to do is convince consumer electronics companies not to go to German trade shows any more, and focus on showing off new innovations in other countries.
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  1. identicon
    murf, 9 Mar 2008 @ 7:42pm

    I'd love to steal all of your posts.....

    I'd love to steal all of your posts.....and create a blog and then put my name in the byline for your creation.

    Now, of course what you write is worthless and there is so much better, smarter writing out there, but for a moment, suspend reality and let's pretend you were a smart guy and everyone loved your stuff and you got paid for this.

    OK?

    I mean what about all of the your work that I stole?...you can not be so upset I stole your work, right?...you think it is ok for others to take my ideas for free...but in your case, hey you can't do a thing because you have no money to get at me...others might search for a lawyer to take your case on contingency...there had better be some money in owning your thoughts because with writers being a dime-a-dozen, your "written product" has got to offer the reader much more than any other writer to inspire that reader to read your stuff beyond the first paragraph. That is called the MARKET. All I ask is that the market judge if I made a better mousetrap. If there is a better mouse trap, the market will tell me real quick if my patent is worthless or not.

    A bit of hyperbole, but I am certain that if this happened to you, your stuff was lifted and claimed to be written by someone else, EVEN IF YOU WERE NOT PAID, you would be doing headstands trying to get people to stop giving that thief your accolades for such good written material (those last 3 words are Fantasy)

    shit...you are not even worth the effort...you couldn't even invent anything beyond this stupid worthless shit I am seeing on the screen that you blather on about. No one reads work that reeks of someone green and unseasoned in common sense like yourself...I had better move on before your stupidity clings…..blecckk!

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