Patents and Small Companies

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| Brad Feld, a venture capitalist, described software patents as an “evil
| scourge on our planet” that stifle innovation and believes technology has no
| value by the time it is patented. Feld stated software patents should be
| abolished and the problems of software patents would be solved with large
| companies creating patent software commons of cross licensing the patents.
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http://www.lawsciencetech.com/?p=29

And the bullies are still at it...

Busting a Rogue Blogger

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| Troll Tracker gained repute as a forum for information, not invective. But
| its more volatile content would eventually combine to blow up the blog and
| land its creator and Cisco in legal hot water. A reader comment in December
| contained a death threat against Chicago attorney Raymond Niro Sr., who has
| long represented trolls. Two Texas attorneys were enraged by Troll Tracker
| reports suggesting that the lawyers may have had dates altered on a court
| document—a felony. By the end of last year, Niro had put up a $15,000 bounty
| to unmask the anonymous blogger, and Internet sleuths had tried to track him.
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http://www.businessweek.com/magazine...ndex_top+story

That Ray Niro guy is truly scum. Not only does he troll, but he also attacks
critics. He's like a new-age Mugabe.


Related:

Blogger, Revealed

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| Live by anonymity, die by anonymity.
|
| Yes, I have been unmasked. It happened quite the way this blog happened - I
| got an anonymous email, from the guy who probably collected the bounty,
| telling me I better tell everyone who I am (and he clearly knew), or else he
| would take care of it for me. The clear threat in the email is that he would
| do it in a way I wouldn't be happy about. I don't know what that means, but
| as I have been growing weary of anonymity anyway, here I am. * *
|
| [...]
|
| Someone may have made $15,000 or so from a bounty posted by Ray Niro on this
| one - not sure I'll ever find out who or how. I don't actually even care.
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http://trolltracker.blogspot.com/200...-revealed.html


Boca Resort Opens New Front in Assault on Global Patent Holdings'
JPEG-on-a-Website Patent

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| Ray Niro emailed me yesterday, complaining about the personal attacks being
| made on him in Slashdot.
|
| [...]
|
| He also tells me he now definitely knows who I am. I'm waiting for
| confirmation, since he didn't tell me my name. Then we'll see. According to
| him, one of my "friends" turned me in for the cash. Thanks, whoever you are,
| if true.
|
| Meanwhile, I might as well get rid of a couple of posts I have saved, and was
| planning to post next week, when I'm not going to be able to post for various
| reasons. You know, go out with a bang, so to speak!
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http://trolltracker.blogspot.com/200...n-assault.html