Intellectual Ventures Sues Motorola Mobility For Infringement; Guess Who's Trying To Cause Trouble For Google?

from the ah,-the-fun-fights-of-billionaires dept

You can almost hear Intellectual Ventures' lawyers cackling with glee in announcing that they've filed their latest patent infringement lawsuit against Motorola Mobility -- the company that Google is buying for its patents. Clearly, this is a shot at Google. As for the patents in question, let's take a look:
  • 7,810,144: File transfer system for direct transfer between computers
  • 6,412,953: Illumination device and image projection apparatus comprising the device
  • 7,409,450: Transmission control protocol/internet protocol (TCP/IP) packet-centric wireless point to multi-point (PTMP) transmission system architecture
  • 7,120,462: Portable computing, communication and entertainment device with central processor carried in a detachable handset
  • 6,557,054: Method and system for distributing updates by presenting directory of software available for user installation that is not already installed on user stastion
  • 6,658,464: User station software that controls transport, storage, and presentation of content from a remote source
If that looks like an odd and random selection of patents, well, that's the idea. IV has its stacks upon stacks of patents, and they just rifle through them to find something -- anything -- that anyone they want to go after might infringe on. And, voila! open the cash register.

Filed Under: patents
Companies: google, intellectual ventures, motorola mobility

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    Austin (profile), 6 Oct 2011 @ 4:37pm

    In layman's terms...

    The patents are for...

    - FTP, SAMBA, HTTP, SFTP, or even just a damn USB cable
    - Projectors. Any kind of projector.
    - Wifi routers. All of them.
    - Any and every smartphone that includes a cradle or dock.
    - The Apple App Store, the Android Market, Synaptic on Linux, any other "app store"
    - Dropbox, the cloud in general.

    Isn't there supposed to be some sort of test for, yanno, obviousness? Shouldn't ALL of these patents FAIL that test? Or prior art? Or just the "you've got to be shitting me" test in general?

    I mean nevermind the lawsuit. Hell, nevermind the bad patents. In this case, if one patent examiner approved more than one of these patents, someone needs to either fire him, or move the examiner out of his cave to a new residence that has electricity. Seriously, half the issue here is the village IDIOTS working in the USPTO who couldn't take a 10-second glance at this (as I did) and see how blatantly obvious it is that these are BAD PATENTS and SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN GRANTED TO BEGIN WITH! To anyone! Ever!

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