A Nasty Tale [4:25 pm]
From Andrew Leonard’s How The World Works blog at Salon: The heart of patent litigation darkness
An unseemly piece of gloating arrived in How the World Works’ mailbox today, from an outfit called Patriot Scientific Corp. The e-mail started off by citing the $612 million settlement agreed to last Friday between RIM, the makers of the BlackBerry communications device, and NTP, a small software company that had sued RIM for patent infringement.
But that’s nothing compared to what Patriot was about to extract from the entire world’s computer industry, crowed the e-mail. Patriot “co-owns and markets core microprocessor architecture technology patents which affects every computer manufactured since 1994 and semiconductors which run faster than 120 MHz.
“The $612 million settlement last week will seem small compared to more than 150 computer/semiconductor manufacturers and consumer electronics companies worldwide now being sued or put on notice for industry wide patent infringement that is validated by recent licensing or court settlements by Intel, AMD, HP, Casio and last week Fujitsu.”
Ah, the sweet smell of patent litigation in the morning. [...]