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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    Mousky, 30 Dec 2005 @ 6:11pm

    Re: No Subject Given

    No but Google has money, lots of it. But I'm sure that the patent defenders will argue that poor old RTI spent lots of time and resources developing these patents and that Google should be ashamed for infringing on the patents. Then again, I studied least cost routing back in 1989, even wrote a small program, so I'm not sure how the USPTO could even grant a patent on something that is found in spatial geography textbooks. But hey, according to the patent defenders, the patent system is just fine.

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