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Links 1 through 10 of 14 by Simon Phipps tagged troll

Kodak first showed their hand as patent troll against Sun - a company in which they had previously invested - and have gone on to try to fund their ongoing terminal failure by taking potshots at the success of others. The latest victims are Apple and RIM, and until patent law gets changed this undeserved tax on innovation and success will continue.

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You almost never hear about IBM's patent shakedowns (and there are many of them) because former VP Marshall Phelps (now at Microsoft) invented such an efficient machine for doing it that victims rarely attempt to publicly defend themselves. Looks like they have now patented the process itself in this curious business method meta-patent.

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To be clear, MPEG-LA is a parasite using standards bodies as its host, whether they want it or not. This page makes it clear that the parasite is looking for new hosts. Patent reform is now way overdue.

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Given the warnings from Steve Jobs about the gathering attack on open source, this has the feeling of the first surge against Helms Deep, but it's still gratifying to see red hat beat Acacia in this way. May there be much, much more of this. And let's hope the US Supreme Court decides against software patents in the Bilski decision...

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People are gradually beginning to ask questions about the role of Intellectual Ventures and their immense holding of software patents. Kodak is not a company I like (they trolled Sun for a fortune) but this accusation is very serious. Getting to the bottom of it would take some serious and well-funded investigation. Or, plan B, we can ask our legislators to remove the mechanisms used for trolling...

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No doubt with an eye on the ticking clock that is the Supreme Court reconsideration of Bilski. I'll not be commenting specifically since Sun is one of the targets.

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This is a very significant case in the world of open standards. While most standards bodies have updated their rules to avoid being gamed by the likes of Rambus again, this failure to tackle patent abuse head-on is bad news for everyone apart from the patent trolls and submariners. Strike another star from "open standards" as a useful validator.

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Seems to hold true. Presumably this is because it's hard work to create an account distinct from your identity there, and most trolls would rather not be identified. I'm sure the real nut-jobs will show up sooner or later though.

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Bryan notes the interesting fact that NetApp has more history of patent trolling than just chilling Tux2.

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Eloquent exploration of troll-ness, although I'm not sure I agree that trolls are always outsiders.

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