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12/8/2010 03:57 PM EST
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elctrnx_lyf
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elctrnx_lyf   12/13/2010 5:35:22 PM
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is any one is wondering about the comment regarding the spaceX in this column. Excuse me .. it was a mistake.

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elctrnx_lyf   12/13/2010 5:34:12 PM
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Im wondering how many patents does this firm owns. After many days Im hearing about another patent infringement. Is it a single technology related to some security algorithm or what is this exactly used in Flash and FPGAs.

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elctrnx_lyf   12/13/2010 5:32:09 PM
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SpaceX is private company and they are planning to successfully use the business opportunity in the space tourism. We will see many such experiments in the future and some day there will be a space tourism program for the people who can afford. Is this what spaceX planning to do?

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lakehermit   12/10/2010 10:39:21 PM
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Patents are personal property, just like a house. The US constitution provides "To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries." The law does not require an inventor to use the invention but it does provide that the patent owner has the right to exclude others from using the claimed invention for the life of the patent. Similarly the law does not require you to live in a house you own but it does provide you with the right to exclude others from using your house. To argue that a patent holder should have no right to exclude others from using the claimed invention is as logical as saying you should not be allowed to have squatters removed from your house. The right to exclude remains whether you chose to use your own property, or give somebody else the right to use your property (e.g. rent it out or license it) or do nothing with your property. Should we let any bum sleep in your house because you are on vacation and the bum is too lazy to get a job?

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krisi   12/9/2010 6:53:51 PM
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It is an unfortunate trend in North America that you can make more money suing people than creating new products and services...but it is going to be interesting how this patent battle ends, most cases settle though...Kris

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Robotics Developer   12/9/2010 3:34:58 AM
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If they have valid patents than so be it, if not then they should be made to pay for the costs of litigation of everyone they go after and lose to. I would think that the effect of legal costs and awards being placed on the loser would deter some of the bad intent type of law suits while not hindering those of real merit. Until and unless the law requires patents to be used in production I am not sure we should be concerned with squatters. Look at Tesla he had developed wireless LONG before Marconi but was beat to the patent office (I understand later, much later the patent office awarded the patents to Tesla). I may not like some or a number of the current rules/regulations of the patent office but it is what we got. Lets get it fixed and move on to a more productive use of company resources (other than lawsuits).

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dutchmam   12/9/2010 1:24:42 AM
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These "Patent Squatters'" patents should become public domain after three years (no extensions allowed,) unless the person or company starts producing TANGIBLE product - either by themselves or through another associate company. Patents were introduced to protect a MANUFACTURER's ideas from being stolen by THE COMPETITION. - Not to protect squatters and speculators from extorting money from actual, jobs creating, risk taking manufacturers.

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fundamentals   12/8/2010 8:44:03 PM
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Their patents on FPGAs are junk. They contain a combination of obvious claims to an FPGA expert, (but probably not to a plumber you pick on the street), and claims for which there is prior art. They don't stand a chance in my opinion. However, I am also sure that the purpose for the law suit is just "legal extortion" by which they intend to settle for a dime on the dollar. This sort of thing should be illegal. Better yet, the patent office should be knowledgeable enough not to issue patents for junk.

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Sheetal.Pandey   12/8/2010 8:24:00 PM
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Patent infringement is now become a way to make money. I guess its a big business altogether.

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KB3001   12/8/2010 7:50:02 PM
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The only solver lining in this industry is that it allows small players to monetize their innovations if they do not have the means to do it themselves.

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