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Tue May 16 2006 08:44:08

Supreme Court Rejects PR Term 'Patent Troll'

By: Ina Steiner

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The Supreme Court yesterday officially rejected the concept of "patent trolls," though you wouldn't know it from this article (link), which in my opinion does not capture the essence of the ruling by a long shot.

In fact, the high court said, "some patent holders, such as university researchers or self-made inventors, might reasonably prefer to license their patents, rather than undertake efforts to secure the financing necessary to bring their works to market themselves. Such patent holders may be able to satisfy the traditional four-factor test, and we see no basis for categorically denying them the opportunity to do so."

Silicon Valley no longer represents the entrepreneurial spirit and has been churning self-righteous spin about Intellectual Property that is only in the best interest of corporations and their legal warriers.

Anyway, for a good analysis of the Supreme Court ruling in the eBay patent case, see the New York Times article by Linda Greenhouse (link) - free registration required.




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