Intellectual Ventures Sues Google/Motorola Mobility Yet Again, Using Highly Questionable Nokia Patents
from the look-at-that dept
- 5,790,793: Method and system to create, transmit, receive and process information, including an address to further information
- 7,136,392: System and method for ordering data messages having differing levels of priority for transmission over a shared communication channel
- 6,121,960: Touch screen systems and methods
- 7,382,771: Mobile wireless hotspot system
- 7,564,784: Method and arrangement for transferring information in a packet radio service
- 6,170,073: Method and apparatus for error detection in digital communications
- 7,848,353: Method, communication system and communication unit for synchronisation for multi-rate communication
Most of the other patents are similarly broad or obvious concepts that were generally not being done because of other factors, not because there was anything non-obvious about the idea, or that it was particularly difficult to do. A patent is supposed to incentivize someone to invent something that wouldn't otherwise be invented. That's not happening here.
And, remember, this is the same Intellectual Ventures that claims it that it focuses on "high quality" patents.
Oh yeah, also, for all the talk about IV's inventive operations, not a single one of these patents originated with IV. And they're not from the proverbial "independent inventor" IV likes to claim it's helping. The 784 and 073 patents both came from Nokia, while the other patents originated with a variety of other companies: NetDelivery, Conexant, ViA, In Motion and IP Wireless. Most of the companies are still in business. It's unclear if anyone -- such as Nokia -- retains an interest in those patents, but that would be a pretty slimy move to pass off patents to IV to avoid suing a direct competitor themselves. As Groklaw rightly notes, this certainly has all the hallmarks of privateering, where big companies pass off their patents to some trolls to do their dirty work. It's just that, in this case, the troll is the world's largest, Intellectual Ventures.