The patents in question should be crowd sourced. Basically people could sign up and say I know about technology X and then when a patent in that area comes into question the group is notified by email or rss feed or something and then those outside of the USPTO can help find prior art to discount the patent.
baaahhd! that's so baahd! mindless sheep = stupid people that don't get that terrorism is where it starts and then the mpaa, riaa move in and then whatever big business gets into that mix of what they want to crack down on
WTF: SIP is an IETF standard, so these people should not be holding any patents, otherwise it is another useless standard. It would be like if http protocol was patented and they required you to pay to implement it.
:) like predator
however this has changed as the inventor usually ends up giving up his invention to a mega corporation he works for. So at this point patents are used solely to sue someone either into large sums of money or out of business.
yes 3 years before they sent an AT&T person to my house to look at the wires. He then fixed it in minutes. It now works fine. Yes I still have DSL only because my Comcast cable TV goes out monthly. At least if I loose cable I can still watch netflix, hulu and online stuff.
that ban the sale or trade of patents. patents were designed to help individuals and now they are just corporate lawsuit tools to go after anyone for anything stupid. if you could not buy patents then when a company goes under all their patents go into the open domain and new companies could profit from using them as well as old
I wonder how much trouble he can get into. Usually during jury selection they ask have you had any bias to and then list out companies and their parent companies and affiliate companies. They are usually pretty thorough in listing companies.
You are always asked if you were involved in lawsuits against a company. He would have been given a list of companies that Samsung has stock in or owns in part or in whole and if any of them he had 'bad feelings' against any of those companies. It is how I got out of jury duty because one of the companies was a company I did consulting at. You have to disclose that information otherwise you have a conflict of interest.
and given that there were lots of patents, trademarks, and more importantly the ever so vague trade dress infringements. I wonder if the jury actually made the right decision or just went with the home team ( apple ). From personal experience , when reviewing patents and prior art, the first time can take longer than a day to review. You MUST read the patents, and more importantly UNDERSTAND the patent claims and figure if the claims are broad or not. The claims are what the patent is really about and infringement means that device b actually is covered in the claims. Also additions to a feature can mean that feature is not infringing on a claim and could be a new enhancement to a device. So if Samsung took apples device and improved the device in any way, then it could be considered not infringing and a new device or new feature. Personally I believe this is Apple's way of destroying it's competition. Rather than innovate new, it is going to sue it's competition. In fact it's only real competition has been Samsung in the phone space, as all others are not doing as well in the US.
Either you get it or you don't. Obviously this professor doesn't get it.
True, on our site IE (7 on up) make up 50% of our traffic and Chrome is about 15% and growing. Safari and iOS Safari (not totally the same thing) make up about another 25% and Firefox has about 15%. However like the video codecs in HTML5 where they split and you have to have video encoded 3 ways I could see MS making us web developers code 2 ways or us having 2 standards.
So actually if you look at some of the patents that are flying around and being thrown at each other they actually all have been invented in some fashion or other before. I look at Palm. Palm had a phone that had icons that were laid out on the screen and auto arranged. This was one of apples claims against samsung and google. Palm had the 4 icons at the bottom of the touch screen before either of those two clowns did and the Treo was a phone with that feature first. Apple's suit over 'trade dress' is well silly. Yes Samsung is wrong in making it look so similar, but really is anyone that stupid that they would by a product from Samsung and think that it is an Apple ipad? The Samsung devices to not have the Apple logo on them anywhere. Dumb idea on Samsung's part? Yes, but Apple is going after everyone like Apple invented the smartphone and the tablet. Nokia actually had a tablet out for sale before Apple. It had rounded corners and they played with different designs. I just cannot believe Apple is doing what they are doing. They are going after the competition via law suits. This sounds just like Microsoft going after Linux years ago as well as SCO going after Linux years ago. Lots of FUD.
No more thank 10 people and no longer than 15 minutes. Only status updates to see if people are working. If someone is blocked you know quickly. If someone is working on a simplev task and taking forever you know quickly.