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2004-06-11

Stupid patent tricks



The Electronic Frontier Foundation is having a patent-busting contest to identify the 10 "worst" software- or Internet-related patents issued by the US Patent and Trademark Office.




Winners will become the first targets for the project's team of attorneys, technologists and experts, who will file "re-examination" requests with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), asking the agency to revoke the patents....



Contest judges are particularly interested in patents for technologies that enable free expression, such as streaming video, blogging tools, and voice over IP (VoIP). Equally important, the patent owner must be actively threatening or suing people for licensing fees. "Patent owners who claim control over communication tools can threaten anyone who uses them, even for personal or non-commercial purposes," explained [EFF Staff Attorney] Schultz. "Overreaching patent claims unfairly reduce the tremendous benefits that software and technology bring to freedom of expression."




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