Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Patent trolls under attack, but not dead yet

  • 16 August 2014
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By Steven J. Vaughan-NicholsAugust 15, 2014 02:04 PM E
The patent wars keep going and going and we keep paying and paying.
Computerworld - When I started covering technology in the '80s, the last thing I thought I'd need to learn about was intellectual property law. But as Nicolai Tesla learned in his fight with Thomas Edison in the electrical-current patent wars of the 1890s, wherever technology goes, IP law is sure to follow.
My moment of revelation came in 2003, when I started covering SCO's copyright assault on Linux. SCO never really had a case, but I was soon to find out that with software patents, you really don't need a good case to profit.
You see, defending yourself against a serious patent attack is expensive -- expensive enough to make not defending yourself against a serious patent attack very desirable.
According to the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), companies sued last year for patent infringement by a non-practicing entity (that and its acronym, NPE, are lawyerspeak for "patent troll") for less than a million dollars that decided to fight all the way through a trial spent an average of $820,000.
ComputerWorld/ full article here/

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