PriorArt: What's so bad about "business method" patents? A case study
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Started by: ggiedkeggiedke
Date: 03 Aug 2010 07:06
Number of posts: 1
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Summary:
In Marshall, Texas, a patent that seems to cover the act of distributing a press release online (No. 6,370,535) was used to sue six companies that are in that business; [...] The business proposition of eReleases, one of the defendants, is simple: For a one-time fee of $399, eReleases distributes press releases [...] [f]or an additional fee, Kennedy will write a release. [...] the [patent] application wasn't even filed until 1999—a year after he started his business. After a few hours’ online research, Kennedy found no less than 20 companies involved in the press release business before the filing date of the patent. Unfortunately, presenting that evidence in court would require him to pay those six-figure legal bills.
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