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    Another patent lawsuit gone to far?

    I was surprised that this wasn't already posted in the Community Cafe. If it has, please merge the threads.

    "Google Linux servers hit with $5M patent infringement verdict." Link to article.

    Personally, I think the USA patent system really needs to be fixed or neutered .
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    Re: Another patent lawsuit gone to far?

    Sued for using linked lists? Duh!
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    Re: Another patent lawsuit gone to far?

    According to the article, the patent was filed in 1997.

    The patent describes "a method and apparatus for performing storage and retrieval...that uses the hashing technique with the external chaining method for collision resolution", and the accusation is that companies infringed by using various versions of the Linux kernel on their servers.

    I thought that the use of hashing and collision resolution described in the patent was in use before 1997.

    Let me look; however, I think Microsoft is even fighting for patent reform in the Supreme Court of the USA.

    Edit: I found the article about Microsoft wanting a reform of the USA patent system. Linked here.
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    Re: Another patent lawsuit gone to far?

    Being a patent troll outfit, counter-suing them with patent violations of their own won't work...

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    Re: Another patent lawsuit gone to far?

    BTW, this seems pretty big, you should have used a more descriptive thread title.

    Something like:

    "US Court Rules Linux Violates Patents"

    or thereabouts.

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    Re: Another patent lawsuit gone to far?

    All of that is really childish games for immature rich people.

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    Re: Another patent lawsuit gone to far?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lightstar View Post
    All of that is really childish games for immature rich people.
    +infinity
    The above post definitely does not contain any sarcasm at all.

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    Linux kernel violate patent

    A jury has found that in using Linux on its back-end servers, Google has infringed a patent held by a small Texas-based company and must pay $5m in damages.

    In 2006, Bedrock Computer Technologies sued Google and several other outfits – including Yahoo!, Amazon.com, PayPal, and AOL – claiming they infringed on a patent filed in January 1997. The patent describes

    "a method and apparatus for performing storage and retrieval...that uses the hashing technique with the external chaining method for collision resolution", and the accusation is that companies infringed by using various versions of the Linux kernel on their servers.

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    Re: Linux kernel violate patent

    Patent trolls should all be thrown in jail. And that's what this case is about, some lawyer with a patent who has NO IDEA how to program but he wrote up some description of the process and patented it.
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    Re: Linux kernel violate patent

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