Patent Troll Asking For $5 Billion For Patents Google Doesn't Appear To Be Using

from the seems-a-bit-pricey dept

Earlier this week, we wrote about how Google was being sued by a company holding a patent on "least cost routing" technology for phone systems. We noted at the time that it seemed unlikely Google was infringing on those patents, seeing as Google Talk doesn't use the phone system, so there's no least cost routing to deal with just yet. However, the latest details are that the company is claiming $5 billion for this slight -- more than the (already ridiculous) price eBay paid for all of Skype. The patent holding firm in question also complains that Google is arrogant, which, as far as we know, is not an offense you can sue about.
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  1. identicon
    ccc, 31 Dec 2005 @ 6:24pm

    Re: Google arrogant???

    "It should be the job of the USPTO to ensure that patents are enforceable not the court. This is biggest problem I have with the patent system in the US: it grants patents that should have never been granted in the first place. But the patent defenders have no problem with this and why should they? Afterall, they stand to profit from these problems."

    That would actually be horrible. I hate IP law in general, but imagine if this WERE the case - the patent office would not be likely to get the massively increased funding it would need, patent examiners would still be overworked, underpayed and frankly not very expert (you going to have experts in every possible field working for the PTO?)
    So while the volume of patents would decrease, there still would be plenty of room for stupid patents to slip through - only now they would have the legal standing of settled case law, meaning people harmed by bad patents would find it essentially impossible to do anything about it.

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