Patent troll that claimed ownership over the Web loses its case


11 Responses to “Patent troll that claimed ownership over the Web loses its case”

  1. Kudos to, among others, the now-former UC Berkeley XCF group for having remembered what they were doing contemporaneously and having testified effectively as to obviousness and state of the art at the time.

  2. $600 million.. what is that, 2 seconds of google revenue?

  3. rsk says:

    I saw an insightful comment earlier today — perhaps at Slashdot or Techdirt, I’m not entirely sure.  The gist was this: perhaps it would be better if Eolas WON this suit, because it would drive home, in an emphatic way, that the US patent system is horribly, irrevocably broken, and thus might finally trigger the kind of public backlash required to effect some serious changes.  (For my part: I support the annihilation of all software patents.   But that’s only a start: “business method” patents should go next, and then we can get to work on the myriad other categories that need to be totally destroyed in order to return at least a modicum of sanity to the process.)

  4. Marc45 says:

    What is the problem with our patent system?

    “The Eolas patents were denounced for years before this week’s landmark trial, but managed to survive repeated re-exams at the United States Patent and Trade Office.”

    I rest my case…

  5. WaylonWillie says:

     Woo Hoo! Tyler, Texas makes Boing Boing! Wait, this isn’t good. Ahem. We are also the Rose Capital of the world.

  6. Bob Dinitto says:

    The US patent office has no clue about software and should not be allowed to issue software patents. If I snap the Lego blocks together in a new way then no one else can ever snap them together that way again without paying me. Absurd! Given the same tool set and the same problem, independent developers often devise similar solutions. Therefore their common idea is not novel and should not be patentable – obvious solutions are not patentable! Yet the patent office routinely issues these software patents for such obvious and mundane things as “one click checkout”. How novel, no one would ever think of that, would they? One click checkout wow – revolutionary. Took a genius to figure that one out. With this ridiculous patent system in place it’s impossible to develop any kind of software without infringing on dozens of software patents. The situation is unworkable – all software patents should be declared null and void.

  7. I own the patent on the process of claiming to have a patent on something that you patently don’t. So I’m coming after you Eolas.

  8. yobar says:

    Wonder if Eolas purposefully chose that name from the Irish word for “knowledge”?
    Nár lige Dia!

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