Creating A List From A Database? Prepare For A Patent Infringement Suit

from the promoting-what-progress? dept

Thanks to the whole slew of folks who sent this in: TechCrunch has the details on Channel Intelligence, a company that owns a ridiculously broad and obvious patent on creating a list from a database and is now suing a whole bunch of small websites that offer things like wishlists. Read through the claims of the patent and see if you can explain how a single one is possibly new or non-obvious to those in the space. As TechCrunch notes, the lawsuits are all targeted against smaller websites, rather than the big players like eBay or Amazon. There are a variety of reasons why this might be. Channel Intelligence may have approached those companies and actually received a token payout (cheaper than a lawsuit for those companies). Or, perhaps more likely, it's using these smaller lawsuits to bring in some additional cash and to establish the myth that this patent is valid. That was common a few years back, before people started suing everyone at once for patent infringement. Patent holders would mostly target a few small companies, who wouldn't be able to launch a strong legal defense -- use those "victories" to build up a warchest while also claiming that it showed how the patents are "valid."

Filed Under: database, lists, obviousness, patents, wishlist
Companies: channel intelligence

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  1. identicon
    party of the first part, 17 Jul 2008 @ 5:51pm

    Re: Don't patent Boiling Rice next. or Intuitively obvious to the most casual observer

    Just another example of why software (and business processes) should not be patentable.

    yes. dittos.

    1. it was obvious. Get a smarted patent board. What is the recourse for a stupid decision? One-Click patent? How did this happen?

    2. I thought a patent was about a particular device that did something, not an idea. Was the code the same. Burden should be on the other side (the accuser of course)

    3. I like that, no soft patents. No trademarking normal words. Copyrights to run out after several years, not be extended to protect big corporate profits.
    Forbidding Mickey Mouse satires does not increase creativity. It's an extension of the big, "MINE!"

    Thanks for letting me talk, so to speak.
    Thanks for letting me share, so to type.
    Ah, the eternal language phenomenon.

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