Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Happy Thanksgiving to patent lawyers...

A USAToday article by Kevin Maney begins:

Though it's not a usual part of the Thanksgiving tradition, this year you might pause to give deep and gracious thanks to lawyers.

The text includes references to US 6,460,020 of Pool/DE, to Allen Kaplan, and to American Video Graphics.

The article includes the text:

-->Is there anything wrong with these broad patent lawsuits?

"Many people intuitively suspect that many such patents are not, in fact, valid, enforceable and infringed," says tech lawyer Daniel McMullen of Calfee Halter & Griswold in Cleveland.

"In many instances, (the big companies being sued) have never heard of (the plaintiffs) before receiving some form of demand — and therefore perceive such offers to grant a license as thinly veiled extortion."<--


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