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Eolas Sues Again: This Time, Facebook, Disney and Wal-Mart 97

judgecorp writes "Eolas, which claims to have patented key aspects to web browsers, is suing again, this time targeting Facebook, Disney and Wal-Mart for infringing hypertext patents. Eolas settled with Microsoft and has sold licenses to other players — but two of the four patents in this case have previously been declared invalid."
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Eolas Sues Again: This Time, Facebook, Disney and Wal-Mart

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  • Lobbying (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Hazel Bergeron ( 2015538 ) on Thursday September 13, 2012 @02:53PM (#41326451) Journal

    Why do nerds raise $100ks on kickstarter for computer games, but not the equivalent to lobby government to repeal stupid patent laws?

    It would have a much more positive effect on software development in the long run, you know...

  • by sjames ( 1099 ) on Thursday September 13, 2012 @03:22PM (#41326755) Homepage Journal

    They are suing over 4 patents, two of which have already been ruled invalid. Shouldn't they suffer a significant penalty for knowingly suing over an invalid patent?

  • Re:Lobbying (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 13, 2012 @03:32PM (#41326897)
    It would also help to have a coherent narrative about why it needs to be fixed and exactly how to go about it. Almost every single user on here knows intuitively and also based on evidence that "something should be done". Some few of us might even agree on what must be done. However getting more than a few folks to agree on what to do to fix the problem - enough to actually sway the day - we'd need some plan that had the support of a lot of folks. I don't see that today. I see a bunch of "we should do" and nothing that is truly a coherent message. Let's fix it. I'm not smart enough to do it myself. Come up with a great plan and I can help implement it though.

Air is water with holes in it.