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
    Bill B., 2 Jan 2006 @ 2:48am

    Re: No Subject Given

    "something that is found in spatial geography textbooks."


    This is actually something now taught in my High School's Discrete Math class (took it in 11th grade even though you need to be in 12th, lucky move I guess, refer to page 33 of the WICSD HS Course Catalog for more info).

    I quote that document: "Some of the topics studied include networking, telecommunications, computer design, cryptanalysis, robotics, operations research and social choice theory (group decisionmaking theory)."

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