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08-29-2010, 03:54 AM #24
**** Paul Allen. That SOB is a multi-billionaire. This frivolous nonsense just jams up an already overworked and overly litigious civil court system.
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08-29-2010, 07:10 AM #25
they are probably looking for some cash after the kin.
08-29-2010, 09:17 AM #26
08-29-2010, 06:12 PM #27
You need some help with your Photoshop skills there. That pic looks terrible. Gotta be careful when you use that magic wand tool.
08-29-2010, 07:45 PM #28
08-30-2010, 05:15 AM #29
When it comes to the mighty dollar , nothing is free.
08-30-2010, 06:33 AM #30
08-30-2010, 11:40 AM #31
If you did you would be cheering this guy on because he is giving Apple/Jobs a taste of their own medicine, but if you did not...
I wonder when Jobs and Apple going to file a counter-suit.
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08-30-2010, 12:15 PM #32
Apple just adding to the list, I bet its a political/Legal nightmare at Apple
08-30-2010, 05:36 PM #33
08-31-2010, 11:46 AM #34
I won't quote the entire passage but to the gentleman that responded to my comment. If someone has a great idea and patents it to protect it then can't find either the funding or source the abilities from various persons to implement it, how can you punish them for that? Lets say you had an idea and couldn't come up with the cash to make it happen then some a-hole with a lot of money brings your idea to market as his own and makes money off of it. Whether the invention benefited the public or not doesn't matter. It is that someone had the idea first and protected their idea via a patent. If you want a piece of that pie you license it, pay royalties, buy the patent, buy the exclusive rights to market the product, etc. There are many options. Stealing an idea, playing it off as your own, making money on it, and not giving financial credit to the creator is not one of your options.
Here's to Paul Allen giving Apple the sharp stick in the eye that Apple has been giving people and companies when the same happens to them.
Furthermore, if corporations exist solely to come up with ideas and patent them then make money off those patents then think of it like a patent store where you can shop patents for an invention you want to market. Likewise, anyone else can start doing this as well and it isn't like creating patents solely for monetary gain is harmful because in doing so it brings fresh ideas to light. My idea is patentBay(which I have patented, trademarked, and is protected by copyright) which is an auction site that sells patents.
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08-31-2010, 02:34 PM #35
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09-01-2010, 12:24 AM #36
I know full well why he didn't name Microsoft in his suit. Simply put, Microsoft made him most of his money. Would you sue the company you left after they made you a billionaire? I sure wouldn't!
Look further into it. He is suing for patent infringement. That is part A. Part B is he is only suing companies that have a decent chunk of change with which to pay royalities, pay licensing, or pay settlements. Mozilla, for example, is a mostly non-profit organization and they aren't named in the suit. It would be very bad PR to sue a non-profit organization for something like patent infringement.
The question here really isn't who is he suing. The question is why. He is suing because either he wants to make them pay for infringing and waited a while to see if it would be financially worth suing over or he is suing because he genuinely feels that they should have done their due diligence and contacted him first about how to obtain the patents, rights to the patents, licenses, etc.
Does anyone know for sure if Microsoft didn't issue him a big chunk of stock or some sort of compensation in exchange for the ability to bring the ideas in his patents to market with his permission?
No matter how you slice it, the law is the law and Mr. Allen is in the right. Interval Research did their homework, created the patents, and can do with them as they wish. If you can go and create a product, make money on it, and not pay something to the original creator of the idea then what the F good is a patent but a stupid piece of paper.
Just because he is suing doesn't mean any one of those companies can't simply strike a deal for royalties, licensing, etc. and have themselves removed from the lawsuit. Likewise, Mr. Allen can still add more companies to the lawsuit so nobody is really sure 100% that Microsoft won't be sued as well.
Let's face it though, they probably won't.
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09-01-2010, 12:53 AM #37
09-04-2010, 12:52 PM #38
Someone from Microsoft kicks back at Apple, yes! (Not that I hate Apple. Actually, I like both Apple and Microsoft, I just hate Apple's scamulous tricks and tight control over its universe)
Apple might be taking over the world, but Microsoft will kick back, just you wait...