Nearly two years ago, we wrote about a company, called Leader Technologies with an incredibly broad patent (7,139,761
) that covered associating a piece of data with multiple categories, that was suing Facebook
for infringement. Our usual group of patent system defenders rushed to the comments to quickly declare that I was an idiot for daring to question this patent. The case took a weird turn when the court actually ordered Facebook to hand over its source code
. We were confused as to how this made sense. Since the lawsuit was about patents, not copyright, the specific source code shouldn't really matter.
Either way, it looks like the jury in the case seemed to agree with me about the quality of the patent. The jury has declared the patent invalid
. Clearly, the only explanation is that the jury was also made up of idiots. Next time, Leader Technologies should file the lawsuit in East Texas where they know how to make juries, rather than Delaware.