GigaOm: Here Comes Trouble: An Antidote to Software Patents
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 18 Jan 2008 20:29
Number of posts: 1
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Summary:
The $250 million Vonage burned through as a result of the patent lawsuit brought by Verizon et al provides yet another example of why patents for business processes implemented on computers (a.k.a. software patents) deserve to die. Verizon’s two successful “name translation” patents negate an open standard assembled by Cisco, Microsoft, IBM, Intel and Vocaltec via the VoIP Forum during 1996. The threat of patent litigation cleared the landscape of independent VoIP companies the VoIP Forum sought to make possible.
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