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IPCom Trying To Ban HTC's 3G Phone Sales In Germany 35

An anonymous reader writes "Patent firm IPCom announced today that it wants a ban on sales of HTC's 3G smartphones in Germany, after HTC dropped its appeal to a patent ruling IPCom won. HTC says the appeal was dropped because another patent court partially invalidated the patent in question, but IPCom is pressing forward to try to dampen HTC's holiday sales. 'IPCom, based in Pullach, Germany, is seeking royalties from a family of mobile-technology patents it acquired in 2007 from Robert Bosch GmbH, the world's largest automotive supplier. IPCom bought the patents after Bosch failed to license them to Nokia in 2003.'"
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IPCom Trying To Ban HTC's 3G Phone Sales In Germany

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  • ENOUGH OF THIS! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Nom du Keyboard ( 633989 ) on Friday November 25, 2011 @07:30PM (#38170678)
    ENOUGH OF THIS! It's time for the governments to step like they once did for automobiles and institute a compulsory license (including removing all of the invalid patents) scheme for everyone. Otherwise it will soon either be impossible to build anything that we, the people as a whole, wish to purchase, or we will have to purchase it from the monopoly builder at extortionate rates. Waiting for all of these patents to expire is not an option.
  • by whoever57 ( 658626 ) on Friday November 25, 2011 @07:31PM (#38170690) Journal
    When the ruling classes find they can't buy their toys, then there will be action on bogus patents.
  • Re:ENOUGH OF THIS! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Nom du Keyboard ( 633989 ) on Friday November 25, 2011 @07:32PM (#38170698)
    And if you're not building a product utilizing your patent, you lose it.
  • Bad Career Move (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 25, 2011 @07:53PM (#38170862)

    25 years ago - I was mucking around on my Commodore 64 thinking how cool it was to be able to code my own synthesiser, and get sprites to float around on screen. So much so, that I completed a Degree in IT in the mid 90s and have been writing software ever since.

    TODAY - I can honestly say that I FUCKING HATE the vile and vicious legal cesspool that the technology industry has become.

    You only have to go through a daily serve of stories on Slashdot (news for "news for nerds", remember) to see how utterly fucked up the world of IT is.
    The same scenario is repeated ad nauseum on every IT blog / news site around the world.

    Billion dollar legal fights, corporations exerting undue and unrestrained influence over governments; content and media giants orchestrating campaigns across all facets of media and public forums, playing on insecurities and manufacturing dissent; governments around the world increasingly tightening the reins on its citizens through advances in technology - its a total cluster fuck.

    And the sad, sad, reality of the situation is that ITS ALWAYS BEEN THIS WAY.

    Technology empowers those who are prepared to use it as a weapon against others.

    I should have been a cabinet maker...

  • by BlackSupra ( 742450 ) on Friday November 25, 2011 @08:06PM (#38171012)

    >The idea that I can be presented with a problem, set out to logically solve it with the tools at hand,
    >and wind up with a program that could not be legally used because someone else followed the
    >same logical steps some years ago and filed for a patent on it is horrifying.
    > Quoted in "John Carmack: Knee Deep in the Voodoo" Voodo Extreme(2000-09-20) []

  • Re:ENOUGH OF THIS! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by chrb ( 1083577 ) on Saturday November 26, 2011 @12:15AM (#38172538)
    Get rid of patents. China has shown that patents are not necessary for a growing economy. Europe (officially) has no software patents, and yet there are plenty of software developers in Europe, thus proving that patents are not necessary for the industry. Innovation? X-Prize style awards. If the prospect of a $10 million prize can get private companies competing to develop a space vehicle, then the same principle can be used to encourage innovation and competition in any industry. The government giving a monopoly to one manufacturer does not encourage innovation and competition - it does the exact opposite, anyone with an understanding of communist-era industry could clearly see that.
  • Re:Simple Solution (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Darth ( 29071 ) on Saturday November 26, 2011 @04:08AM (#38173380) Homepage

    This is trivial to get around. You incorporate, file the patent as owned by the incorporated entity, then sell the incorporated entity to the person who wants to buy the patent. The patent is still owned by the original owner, but the original owner is now owned by the megacorp.

How many NASA managers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? "That's a known problem... don't worry about it."