More Trade Show Booths Raided By Customs Over Patents
from the this-makes-no-sense dept
And, of course, it's happened again. Slashdot points us to the news that the booths of 69 companies at a tech trade show were raided by customs officials last week.
What's still not clear is how this possibly could make sense? While German patent law apparently allows this, it's hard to fathom why. Simply displaying a product, even if it infringes on someone's patent, hardly seems like a reason to send in customs officials to confiscate the device. I can maybe understand suing -- and even possibly suing for an injunction against selling the product -- but getting customs to completely confiscate the products and shut down the trade show booth simply doesn't make any sense, and clearly opens up the system to widespread abuse.