MPEG-LA Recruiting The Wolves

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Feb 12, 2011.

  1. MPEG-LA is advertising for parties who think they have patents that may
    impact on Google’s VP8 codec to join up for a new protection racket
    <http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/first-legal-shots-fired-at-googles-vp8-codec/2992>.

    They’ve previously made noises about the patent vulnerability of VP8. But
    then, why run this campaign if they already know about patents that can be
    used to threaten VP8? Clearly their current words ring hollow, which is why
    they’re trying to get more ammo for a serious attack.

    As if people who might already have such patents wouldn’t already know about
    it. Or they wouldn’t know that a clever lawyer can make it LOOK like their
    patents MIGHT be applicable—all they need is a credible enough threat that a
    patent lawsuit won’t be dismissed by a judge outright; then the expense of
    defending the case becomes so great that it’s easier to settle, even if
    you’re sure you’ll prevail at the end of the trial.
    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Feb 12, 2011
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  2. Lawrence D'Oliveiro

    peterwn Guest

    On Feb 13, 1:06 am, Lawrence D'Oliveiro <l...@geek-
    central.gen.new_zealand> wrote:
    > MPEG-LA is advertising for parties who think they have patents that may
    > impact on Google’s VP8 codec to join up for a new protection racket
    > <http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/first-legal-shots-fired-at-googles-vp8...>.
    >
    > They’ve previously made noises about the patent vulnerability of VP8. But
    > then, why run this campaign if they already know about patents that can be
    > used to threaten VP8? Clearly their current words ring hollow, which is why
    > they’re trying to get more ammo for a serious attack.
    >
    > As if people who might already have such patents wouldn’t already know about
    > it. Or they wouldn’t know that a clever lawyer can make it LOOK like their
    > patents MIGHT be applicable—all they need is a credible enough threat that a
    > patent lawsuit won’t be dismissed by a judge outright; then the expense of
    > defending the case becomes so great that it’s easier to settle, even if
    > you’re sure you’ll prevail at the end of the trial.


    And it is even worse that there is great scope for 'forum shopping' in
    the USA (ie choosing a court likely to be the most sympathetic to your
    claims).
    peterwn, Feb 12, 2011
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  3. Lawrence D'Oliveiro

    Gordon Guest

    On 2011-02-12, peterwn <> wrote:
    > On Feb 13, 1:06?am, Lawrence D'Oliveiro <l...@geek-
    > central.gen.new_zealand> wrote:
    >> MPEG-LA is advertising for parties who think they have patents that may
    >> impact on Google?s VP8 codec to join up for a new protection racket
    >> <http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/first-legal-shots-fired-at-googles-vp8...>.
    >>
    >> They?ve previously made noises about the patent vulnerability of VP8. But
    >> then, why run this campaign if they already know about patents that can be
    >> used to threaten VP8? Clearly their current words ring hollow, which is why
    >> they?re trying to get more ammo for a serious attack.
    >>
    >> As if people who might already have such patents wouldn?t already know about
    >> it. Or they wouldn?t know that a clever lawyer can make it LOOK like their
    >> patents MIGHT be applicable?all they need is a credible enough threat that a
    >> patent lawsuit won?t be dismissed by a judge outright; then the expense of
    >> defending the case becomes so great that it?s easier to settle, even if
    >> you?re sure you?ll prevail at the end of the trial.

    >
    > And it is even worse that there is great scope for 'forum shopping' in
    > the USA (ie choosing a court likely to be the most sympathetic to your
    > claims).


    Yep, the U S of A, the great country they expect the rest of world to take
    note and follow their example
    Gordon, Feb 13, 2011
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