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Google Takes a Small Step in Lodsys Patent-Troll Case 83

Posted by timothy
from the when-does-the-rubber-band-snap? dept.
The Lodsys saga continues; reader WyzrdX writes with this excerpt from Wired: "Google has intervened in an ongoing intellectual property dispute between smartphone application developers and a patent-holding firm, Wired.com has learned, marking the Mountain View company's first public move to defend Android coders from a patent troll lawsuit that's cast a pall on the community. The company says it filed a request with the United States Patent and Trademark office Friday for reexamination of two patents asserted by East Texas-based patent firm Lodsys. Google's request calls for the USPTO to assess whether or not the patents' claims are valid."
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Google Takes a Small Step in Lodsys Patent-Troll Case

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  • Re:Patents (Score:5, Informative)

    by tepples (727027) <tepples AT gmail DOT com> on Saturday August 13, 2011 @12:49PM (#37079820) Homepage Journal

    This after Google themself take a broad patent like this [slashdot.org]?

    It's not as broad as you might think. The patent applies only to "a broker computer system independent of the shipper and a merchant", not one where the merchant's system directly uses the shipper's web service, and especially not one that uses a table from the warehouse ID and the destination postal code prefix to the expected transit time.

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