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[–] cynoclast [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

They didn't even get a slap on the wrist...

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[–] bassmanyoowan 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

That's a small piece of good news on this front. Too bad there isn't a law meaning that unless a company has the means to use a patent then it can't sue. I.e. You are going to court over a patent for widgets but you don't have or have never had a facility for making widgets.

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[–] Ogrebeer 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

That would be a fine idea, except there's large companies who would exploit this: imagine I've just patented the latest widget, and am seeking VC to build a production facility. While I'm trying to get the money secured, company XYZ has the money and starts production. I can't sue (or I can, but will waste time and money), because I don't have, and never have had a production facility. So I've lost the protection I should have had.

On the flip side, what's to stop a troll company from making a few then claiming, in court, that they do have a facility that's just coming online, or some such?

This seems to be why originally (most) intellectual property had a predefined life span: you can make your money on this for x years, as a monopoly, but after that, you either keep your process competitive or innovate something new and restart the process.

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[–] wwwhistler 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

maybe we should do as many other countries and make it that when you sue someone and lose, you pay ALL costs. give the trolls some skin in the game. as it stands now they have no real negative outcomes to deal with.

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[–] Carinae 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

It sounds good, and might make sense when applied to someone like you or I, but it would mean big businesses and companies would be nearly untouchable (more than they are now) because of the crippling fear of having to pay their legal fees in a loss.

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[–] bassmanyoowan 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Wait you don't have to do that in the US? Well that's dumb.

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[–] henrycase 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

maybe and just maybe, the problem is inherent to copyright. if we start to embrace new paradigms like copyfarleft creativecommons, gnu, etc this shit wont happen.

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[–] g-j-a 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Lee Cheng, like a boss.

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[–] AnTi90d 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Glad to see they won.

Also, glad to see they're having a sale to celebrate.

http://www.newegg.com/When-We-Win-You-Win/EventSaleStore/ID-185

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[–] cynoclast [S] 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I actually found it via slashdot but opted for the direct link rather than the slashdot wrapper "article"...?

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[–] sockmonkey 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

There is also this post from Ars Technica on the subject.

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