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Eolas–Beaten But Not Defeated

Few patent owners are more reviled by the tech community than Eolas, the company formed by Michael Doyle, inventor of US Patent 5,838,906. The patent–filed in 1994, and reexamined by the patent office not once, but twice–purportedly reads on technologies like web browsers, that parse and format “hypermedia” documents. Back in 2003, with attorneys from … Continue reading

Amazon Subscription Purchasing System Accused Of Infringing Walker Digital Patent

Amazon.com’s “Subscribe and Save” program is the subject of a federal lawsuit filed today by research firm Walker Digital.  The patent at issue is US Patent No. 5,970,470 generally related to sales methods.  According to the complaint, Amazon infringes at least two of the 115 claims that cover the various sales methods covered by the … Continue reading

Google Sued Over Daily Deal Business Venture

Google‘s interest in the “daily deal” business was demonstrated by their $6 Billion dollar offer to acquire Groupon (leading to a ridiculously overrated valuation of the latter’s patent portfolio).  Of course, Groupon spurned this offer, opting for an IPO instead.  Undaunted, Google entered the daily deal business on its own, through a service offering called … Continue reading

History Repeating Itself? Jay Walker’s Patent Licensing Efforts Reminiscent Of Another Legendary Inventor

Last week, I issued the following challenge: Walker Digital was at the forefront of the most aggressive patent assertion effort ever to be attempted.  (That’s not hyperbole. I challenge anyone to find an instance where a patent owner asserted more patents against more companies in a comparable period of time). via Does The New Patent … Continue reading

Major Law Firm Caught Patent Trolling

Got your attention?  During the 2006 oral argument in eBay v Mercexchange, Justice Kennedy famously asked about patent trolls: Is the troll the scary thing under the bridge, or is it a fishing technique? eBay’s lawyer claimed that it was the “scary thing under the bridge,” but if you were ever curious about what patent … Continue reading

Has Jay Walker Rendered Intellectual Ventures Irrelevant?

In a new age of large-scale patent assertion, Walker Digital may have outdone all earlier comers, including Intellectual Ventures, and the inexplicably notable Interval Licensing. PaidContent.org staff reporter Joe Mullin asks: Is Jay Walker jealous of Paul Allen? Allen got a lot of press when he sued 11 big internet companies last year, essentially saying … Continue reading

Walker Digital Litigation: The Bruce Schneier Effect (And Other Miscellaneous Updates)

Since Walker Digital‘s announcement of 15 lawsuits against more than 100 companies, news coverage has exploded, the vast majority of which simply recycle the press release, or drop in miscellaneous notes about other Walker Digital lawsuits.  Among the rare exceptions for some original contribution, there’s a local Stamford, CT paper that managed to contribute more … Continue reading

Behind Walker Digital’s Velvet Glove Lies An Iron Fist

Patent licensing without the backdrop of litigation shouldn’t be rocket science.  But Intellectual Ventures figured out last year that before shaking hands with the velvet glove, opponents want to peek at the iron fist.  Of course, if you oblige and peel back the glove, or even offer to peel it back, you’ll often just find … Continue reading

Rare Patent Lawsuit Identifies Smartphone Apps

Last week, a lawsuit mentioned on FOSSPatents (and, eventually, everywhere) raised eyebrows because of its inclusion of smartphone applications as part of the accused systems.  Florian Muller writes: What’s really disconcerting about this lawsuit is that it’s the first such lawsuit to attack — besides operating system vendors and device makers, which are routinely sued … Continue reading

Power Play: Are Trade Secrets More Powerful Than Patents?

The California Employment Lawyer blog alerts us to an ABA-Landslide article discussing the possibility that trade secrets provide more powerful protection than patents. The lawyer’s answer, like the answer to so many questions, is it depends. *Sigh* The passage quoted by CEL summarizes: In recent years, decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court and other developments … Continue reading