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Microsoft, Apple and Others Launch Huge Patent Strike at Android 476

Posted by Soulskill
from the go-big-or-go-home dept.
New submitter GODISNOWHERE writes "Nortel went bankrupt in 2009. In 2011, it held an auction for its massive patent portfolio. The winners of the auction were Apple, Microsoft, Sony, RIM, and others, who bought the patents for $4.5 billion as a consortium named Rockstar Bidco. At the time, many people speculated those patents would be used against Google, who bid separately but lost. It turns out they were right. Rockstar has filed eight lawsuits in federal court targeting Google and Android device manufacturers. 'The complaint (PDF) against Google involves six patents, all from the same patent "family." They're all titled "associative search engine," and list Richard Skillen and Prescott Livermore as inventors. The patents describe "an advertisement machine which provides advertisements to a user searching for desired information within a data network. The oldest patent in the case is US Patent No. 6,098,065, with a filing date of 1997, one year before Google was founded. The newest patent in the suit was filed in 2007 and granted in 2011. The complaint tries to use the fact that Google bid for the patents as an extra point against the search giant.'"
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Microsoft, Apple and Others Launch Huge Patent Strike at Android

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  • by K. S. Kyosuke (729550) on Friday November 01, 2013 @08:55AM (#45299077)
    I striked against Apple yesterday when I bought a Galaxy Note 10.1 from Samsung. Now it seems that I got a bonus good feeling for free with the box.
  • by somersault (912633) on Friday November 01, 2013 @09:14AM (#45299237) Homepage Journal

    Your claim is childish and wrong.

    So's your face.

  • by fatphil (181876) on Friday November 01, 2013 @09:26AM (#45299349) Homepage
    No, but *on a computer* !!!!1!!yksi!!yksitoista!!
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 01, 2013 @09:33AM (#45299411)

    from that website:

    Headlines

            You Can Live Forever! Digitally
            How Researchers Map The Future Of Innovation
            Keeping Teens ‘Private’ on Facebook Won’t Protect Them
            Audio: Microsoft's Baym Discusses Social Media Fundraising

    WOW, that's some innovation right there. I can't wait for those innovations to become available to us.
    Looking at the rest of the website, it's all about other people doing research with microsoft products.
    Not microsoft doing research.

  • by amoeba1911 (978485) on Friday November 01, 2013 @09:43AM (#45299543) Homepage

    This invention relates to an advertisement machine which provides advertisements to a user searching for desired information within a data network. The machine receives from a user, a search request including a search argument corresponding to the desired information and searches, based upon the received search argument a first database having data network related information to generate search results. It also correlating the received search argument to a particular advertisement in a second database having advertisement related information. The search results together with the particular advertisement are provided by the machine to the user.

    Yep... that's the "patent". Let's narrow this down a bit:

    This invention relates to an advertisement machine which provides advertisements to a user searching for desired information within a data network.

    Let's refactor this:
    "within a data network" - where else is he going to search? What if he's in a car? and who cares where he's searching?
    "user searching for desired information" - what other kind of information would he ever search for, undesired information? That's the whole point of "searching" is to find desired for information, so let's shorten that to "user searching" to get rid of redundancy.
    "to a user searching" - Who cares what the user happens to be doing at the time? What if they're scratching their ass, and the machine serves ads to the user scratching his ass? What the user happens to be doing is irrelevant.
    "machine which provides advertisements to a user" - what if the user is a web-crawler? Your invention will still work if it's a web crawler randomly pretending to be a user, so the invention is providing advertisements to not just a user, but to any client that connects. So we don't need to specify the "to a user" part either.
    "This invention relates to" - this is the abstract for your invention, we know what you're talking about already, don't repeat.
    "an advertisement machine which provides advertisements" - What else would an advertisement machine do? make coffee? By definition an advertisement machine is a machine that provides advertisements. Let's simplify this to "an advertisement machine"

    After removing all the fluff, we're left with just:

    An advertisement machine.

    Good job! This patent would be awesome if you also invented a time machine, because ads have been around for a very long time.

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