Selling Stuff On The Internet? Why, That Infringes On A Patent!

from the prepare-to-get-sued dept

Erich Spangenberg was mentioned here earlier this week for having to pay $4 million for shuffling some patents around to shell companies and suing a company he had already agreed not to sue over those patents. Of course, that's not slowing him down apparently. Not only has he asked for a new trial on that ruling, he's continuing to file new patent lawsuits -- with the latest one apparently being for a patent on selling stuff on the internet. Yes, the patent may say it's about selling vehicles, but of the 47 new companies being sued over this patent, it looks like they're all selling other stuff, not cars. Basically, it looks like he's trying to sue every internet retailer there is -- because, of course, none of them ever would have come up with the concept of selling stuff online if this patent didn't exist.

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    Oliver Wendell Jones, 25 Jun 2008 @ 2:01pm

    I've said it before...

    Taking an existing action or business model and adding the phrase "over the internet" to the end of it does not make it a new idea nor should it be patentable - unless you already hold the patent on the default action.

    This same rules applies to new technologies as they become available, and so it also applies to "via a wireless connection", "via a 3G wireless network", etc....

    This means that people who took actions like "Conduct an auction" and added "over the internet" to it shouldn't be able to get a patent unless they invented auctions in the first place and still hold a patent on the concept.

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