Saturday, 18 June 2011

Forces muster against Lodsys

I wondered last month whether this NPE might have picked a fight it would come to regret, and this report from CNET suggests things are worse for Lodsys than they already were. It's not only Apple who are taking them on: crowdsourcer Article One Partners has offered a bounty of $5,000 for prior art fatal to any of three Lodsys patents - so some lucky bounty-hunter could land $15,000. Peer to patent at its best? It can't stop trolling (without prejudice to the question whether that's an accurate epithet for Lodsys) but it can certainly place some constraints on it. And that might be just as well, if the UK government's "Patent Box" tax-break scheme turns out to work as well for trolls as for innovators, which seems possible.

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