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Forgent Patent Troll Loses Again 95

Posted by Zonk
from the system-kinda-sorta-works dept.
anagama writes "Forgent Networks, a patent troll, got the slap down by a TX jury in May when it invalidated a patent Forgent held regarding video teleconferencing over telephone lines, and today, its motion for a new trial against EchoStar was denied. In fact, the court awarded EchoStar $90k in costs. Forgent probably isn't crying that much though, it already extorted $28m from other defendants. Some of you may recall that Forgent made a business out of cheating companies for jpeg use — till their patent was largely invalidated on that front as well."
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Forgent Patent Troll Loses Again

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  • by RyanFenton (230700) on Sunday August 12, 2007 @02:41PM (#20204483)
    [Narrator, Whispering]:
    We've secretly replaced their expensive patents with useless Forgent crystals. Let's see if they notice.

    [Judge, Cringing]
    Ack! I don't like the taste of this one bit - your claim is denied!

    [Narrator, Whispering]
    Well, there you have it - the legal system can still reject some kinds of landgrabs, when they're wrapped in the form of a patent. We now return you to your regularly scheduled eminent domain rulings.

    Ryan Fenton
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 12, 2007 @03:08PM (#20204679)

    We now return you to your regularly scheduled eminent domain rulings.

    Ryan Fenton
    Ryan Fenton is my regularly scheduled eminent domain ruling?
     
  • by Anpheus (908711) on Sunday August 12, 2007 @03:54PM (#20205007)
    I just renamed the article before you got there. Oops!
  • by Absolut187 (816431) on Monday August 13, 2007 @11:02AM (#20212259) Homepage
    Oh, wow, you got me. Somebody mod that +4 informative.
    Let me ask you something: Why would anyone pay licensing royalties?
    Answer:
    A) Because its really fun to write checks
    B) To avoid being sued for patent infringement.

    A patent does not give you the right to collect royalties.
    A patent gives you the right to sue for infringement.
    Royalties are what companies pay to avoid being sued.

    You obviously know nothing at all about patent law.
    But your position is contra intellectual property rights, so all the little nerds with mod points rate you +1.
    Hey, I feel like getting modded up.
    Watch this:

    D00D, PATENTS R STUPID.
    ANYONE WHO SUES FOR PATENT INFRINGEMENT IS A PATENT TROLL.
    DOWN WITH THE PATENT AND COPYRIGHT CARTELS!!

    Slashdot modders are sheep.

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