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IP Case Tests Boundaries of Privilege

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| If a company's sole business is licensing and litigating patents, plus it's
| run by lawyers, what isn't protected by privilege?
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| That's the question being asked in a discovery fight between Diagnostic
| Systems Corp., which is a subsidiary of patent-holding company Acacia
| Research Corp., and a multitude of software companies it sued for patent
| infringement in the Central District of California.
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http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1202425375029

Acacia = unethical oppression that should be illegalised. The company hired
Microsoft seniors and attacked Linux.


Recent:

Acacia signs non-exclusive patent license, settlement deal with SPG Solutions -
Quick Facts

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| Acacia Research Corp. announced that its subsidiary, Credit Card Fraud
| Control Corp., has entered into a non-exclusive patent license and settlement
| agreement with SPG Solutions, covering a patent that applies to fraud
| protection technology.
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http://www.rttnews.com/Content/Quick...=Quick%20Facts


Related:

Who is the world's biggest patent troll?

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| In two consecutive days, The Wall Street Journal presented two different
| answers. The first is not surprising: Intellectual Ventures, the brainchild
| of ex-Microsoft executive Nathan Myhrvold. It's now out "to raise as much as
| $1 billion to help develop and patent inventions, many of them from
| universities in Asia." *
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http://blogs.cnet.com/8301-13505_1-9...=2547-1_3-0-20


Playing Microsoft Patent Poker

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| This time though, while Ballmer slinks away to try to con … convince people
| that Microsoft Unified Communications somehow offers people more than what
| Cisco's VOIP (voice over IP) been offering customers for years, a patent
| attack finally launches at Linux. Specifically, IP Innovation, a subsidiary
| of Acacia Technologies Group, has filed a patent infringement claim against
| Linux distributors Novell and Red Hat. * *
|
| So was it just timing, or was it something more? Let's take a look at the
| players. *
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http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759...129TX1K0000616


Ideas Are Everywhere... So Why Do We Limit Them?

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| Gladwell uses this to talk up what Myhrvold is doing, suggesting that
| Intellectual Ventures is really about continuing that process, getting those
| ideas out there -- but he misses the much bigger point: if these ideas are
| the natural progression, almost guaranteed to be discovered by someone sooner
| or later, why do we give a monopoly on these ideas to a single discoverer?
| Myhrvold's whole business model is about monopolizing all of these ideas and
| charging others (who may have discovered them totally independently) to
| actually do something with them. Yet, if Gladwell's premise is correct (and
| there's plenty of evidence included in the article), then Myhrvold's efforts
| shouldn't be seen as a big deal. After all, if it wasn't Myhrvold and his
| friends doing it, others would very likely come up with the same thing sooner
| or later.
|
| This is especially highlighted in one anecdote in the article, of Myhrvold
| holding a dinner with a bunch of smart people... and an attorney. The group
| spent dinner talking about a bunch of different random ideas, with no real
| goal or purpose -- just "chewing the rag" as one participant put it. But the
| next day the attorney approached them with a typewritten description of 36
| different inventions that were potentially patentable out of the dinner. When
| a random "chewing the rag" conversation turns up 36 monopolies, something is
| wrong. Those aren't inventions that deserve a monopoly.
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http://techdirt.com/articles/20080507/0114581051.shtml
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