Posted by Douglas Sorocco at May 6, 2006 02:11 PM
Gary Odom over at the Patent Prospector must have missed his fibre this morning:
Large high-tech corporate patent infringers turn into crybabies, often pouting before Congress, painting themselves as victims of the patent system, because individual inventors and small patent-owning companies try to make them take licenses for infringing their patents. The crybabies don't bother to mention their regular cross-license patent deals, or knock-down-drag-out fights between corporate competitors, as something to be concerned about. And because of the noise the corporations make, the mainstream press, which are corporate toads, and always hungry for drama, pile in, making the same noises, wailing for patent reform. Congress, itself a humongous corporate toad, listens sympathetically, and makes its own noises, but thankfully does nothing.
You just have to love a good “patent troll” rant on a rainy Saturday afternoon. Gary has a way with words and probably does the best job I have yet seen at framing the issues in an appropriate manner.
If you are interested in learning more about patent trolls and the congressional response, head on over to Promote the Progress. Matt would be too humble to mention it himself, so I will whore it out for him.