"A further option available to developers would be to have Lodsys’s patents declared invalid, a process that requires filing a petition with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. ... developers could “mutually fund a reexamination request. This has the advantage of a much lower, predictable cost of between $20,000-30,000 for a good one. The requests can also be done is a pseudo-anonymous manner without necessarily identifying any single developer.”The attempts here to identify and distribute pertinent prior art can support this effort.
Definition - "Patent Troll"
"PATENT TROLL" - Any party that intentionally misconstrues the claims of their patent to assert it against another. A patent troll does not have to be a non-practicing entity (NPE) or in any particular industry, all that is required is an intentional misconstruing of the claims in an attempt to extort money from another.
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Thursday, May 19, 2011
Re-exam option is getting some discussion
Great information from Macworld, go read the entire article: