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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    patentman, 3 Jan 2006 @ 4:55am

    Re: wow

    "Is it obvious to anyone else that this company just wants money? Sueing is supposed to be about punishing the guilty (there is no guilty party here), not rewarding the "victim"."

    Welcome to the world of patent trolls. Even I, a staunch defender of the U.S. Patent System, HATE these people with a passion.

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