Monday, July 20, 2009

Patent Trolling Is Alive and Well

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The latest in questionable lawsuits is another one from yet another company that is in business to sue other companies who make and sell successful products. A holding company called Tsera LLC has filed lawsuits against Apple, Microsoft and 21 other companies over touch pad controlled portable electronics. While the original application for the patent was made in 1999 it wasn't actually issued until 2003.

There were touch pads on laptop computers and other devices long before 1999 which makes this patent itself questionable. This lawsuit will be tossed out in time but not before another patent troll will line up and take a shot at Apple, Microsoft or any other successful tech company. Some kind of reform needs to happen soon.

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