OT: eBay being sued over patent infringement (et al)

From: Jeffrey Sharp <jss_at_subatomix.com>
Date: Sun Apr 27 14:50:01 2003

On Friday, April 25, 2003, Wayne M. Smith wrote:
> In my experience, its [patent system] primary use is as a shakedown device
> to extract royalty payments. The idea is not to actually thwart
> competition, but to threaten it enough that accused infringers, fearing an
> injunction, capitulate and pay a royalty.

There is a neat little business process in use today by a few corps. I call
it the Rambus method:

  1. Hire some lawyers
  2. Get some illegitimate patents
  3. Deceive lots of people
  4. Profit!!!

I wonder if any company has tried to patent the process, and if so, if the
company's employees had any idea of the irony.

Jeffrey Sharp
Received on Sun Apr 27 2003 - 14:50:01 BST

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