#1 By: Cory Doctorow, September 17th, 2013 23:03
#2 By: Austin Hamman, September 17th, 2013 23:21
we need more of these, we need a bunch of fights against patent trolls and just as many victories. when it's shown you can win, more lawyers will be willing to take the case on the promise of payment when they win. and when you have more lawyers and the little people can afford them, you are well armed against the trolls.
let's see a prenda style beat down.
#3 By: Cowicide, September 17th, 2013 23:35
saying that calling them patent trolls is a "hate crime" ("I didn't know patent trolls were a protected class" - O'Connor) and threatening to seek criminal charges if O'Connor doesn't pay them a bunch of money and apologize.
Wow, isn't that basically extortion on top of extortion? We're going to extort you and if you call it extortion we'll extort you on top of our previous extortion. Reminds of the mafia.
#4 By: Lionel Artom-Ginzburg, September 17th, 2013 23:40
Three interesting tidbits (IAAL):
In every state that I know of, an attorney making a baseless threat of bringing criminal charges for purposes of attempting to gain an advantage in a civil matter is subject to discipline from the state bar.
e.g. California (where Lumen View is located):
http://rules.calbar.ca.gov/Rules/RulesofProfessionalConduct/CurrentRules/Rule5100.aspx Connecticut (where Aeton law is located):
There's an old tradition in the law-- to my knowledge, still the law in all 50 US States-- that the contents of a legal pleading are wholly and completely privileged from libel actions.
California (where Lumen View is located) has very strong anti-SLAPP protections (against using a lawsuit to suppress someone's free speech).
In other words, if you liked watching Prenda Law do its slow-motion walk into the woodchipper of FRCP Rule 11, get out the popcorn. This could get good.
(Edited to change "two tidbits" to "three tidbits")
#5 By: Ygret, September 17th, 2013 23:43
What amazes me is that courts tolerate this crap in the first place. I mean a patent for "multilateral decision making"?!?!?! Give me a friggin' break. What are those incompetents at the patent office smoking? Its long past time the patent system was reformed and every "business method" and "software" patent is thrown in the garbage where it belongs, right beside those incredibly hubristic attempts to patent human genes. For chrissakes, when is our society going to stop accepting every insane, predatory tactic businesses use to monopolize commerce and destroy innovation? Capitalism has become a metastatic cancer on humanity.
#6 By: Jeremy Erwin, September 17th, 2013 23:56
Lumen View, eh? Did they once make endoscopes?
#7 By: Jeremy Erwin, September 18th, 2013 00:03
FWIW, here's lumen view's patent
Interestingly, it's a continuation of a patent application first filed in 1999.
#8 By: Israel B, September 18th, 2013 03:04
There's a certain poetic beauty in this statement since "hate crime" get thrown around to the point where its original meaning has been devalued and "patent troll" is on the same train just one station behind.
#9 By: cegev, September 18th, 2013 03:31
I'm a bit confused, at this point, as to why patent trolls so often aggressively and confrontationally respond to companies that are aggressively unwilling to settle. It has a strongly increasing risk for the troll of getting the patents invalidated, and destroying their ability to get future settlements from the same patents. Even before this, it gets the troll in the spotlight, and lets other companies know that someone is fighting the patent. Keeping a low profile, and going after the (many) companies that are willing to settle without a fight would seem much more profitable.
It seems a bit like running a 419 scam, except instead of moving on to the next potential victim when someone emails back that they have the means to get you arrested, sending them your real information and telling them to go ahead and try. Sure, they might be bluffing, but is it really worth the risk when there are so many easy targets?
#10 By: euansmith, September 18th, 2013 05:50
It appears that the US Patent Office is chiefly to blame in many of these situations. They even allow folks to patent maths. Its insane.
#11 By: fuzzyfuzzyfungus, September 18th, 2013 05:58
Even if patent trolls (er, um, I mean 'non-practicing entities' or 'members of the Patent Holding Company community') were a protected class, how would calling somebody one be a 'hate crime'? For US purposes, aren't those only certain (otherwise criminal in themselves) acts motivated by somebody's membership or suspected membership in a protected class?
#12 By: Anton Gully, September 18th, 2013 07:07
This is like when vampires attack zombies, right? They're both souless monsters but it makes for interesting viewing.
Doubleclick, people, doubleclick.
#13 By: Chris_Palmer, September 18th, 2013 07:21
Eileen Shapiro (the alleged patent troll) seems like a nice lady. I mean, she went to Brown and Harvard.
#14 By: Stephen Frost, September 18th, 2013 07:32
#15 By: Beryl_MacLachlan, September 18th, 2013 07:32
The US doesn't even recognize "hate speech" as unprotected speech. All the hate crime provisions I'm aware of are essentially sentencing enhancements for violent crimes motivated by bias against protected classes.
#16 By: awjt, September 18th, 2013 08:45
Denying your own crime and calling someone's reaction a hate crime is a war crime, and for that your whole family is deported to the Hague and given Anthrax, so there!
#17 By: Daniel Johnson, September 18th, 2013 08:52
Yes, but calling attention to war crimes is treason, punishable by nuking from orbit.
#18 By: Charlie, September 18th, 2013 09:28
Your argument is akin to "babies are drowning therefore abolish water".
#19 By: awjt, September 18th, 2013 09:32
True, but the punishment for false accusation of treason and improper nuking from orbit is
#20 By: MTBooks, September 18th, 2013 09:35
It sounded more like, "babies are drowning, let's throw most of the bathwater out", which sounds ok. Where most of the bathwater would be business method and software patents, which were the only things Ygret was advocating abolishing.
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