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.

Filed Under: erich spangenberg, online selling, patents, selling

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    Anonymous Coward, 25 Jun 2008 @ 2:31pm


    Again you should how little you actually know about patents, but yet act like your an expert enough to discuss them!

    Claim #1 of that patent CLEARLY states "for selling vehicles", and ALL of the other claims of the patent are "Dependant" on claim one, so if something of claim one doesn't apply, then NONE of the claims apply, including claim one.

    In essence, THIS patent only relates to selling vehicles and does NOT cover "selling *anything* on the internet".

    So, either you are jumping off a bridge like the idiot in front of you who is incorrectly claiming that it covers ANY selling on the internet, or this is not the patent that he is suing over. Either way, unless you are well versed in patents, you shouldn't being making false claims if you want anyone to respect your other opinions.

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