Patent Troll Sues Restaurants and Hotels Offering Wi-Fi, Copies RIAA's Slimy Tactics

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scoop6274

Wow, this is a total load... All the restraunts and hotels being sued should band together and get a lawyer to fight this. It is ridiculous. Next thing you know, the RIAA is going to go around suing people for playing their music too loud and that others can hear it, so you should pay royalties for all the people that might have heard the music. And we wonder why America is falling behind. Its because we have companies like this who don't MAKE anything, they just sue people over something that someone else made but they own the rights to. I'm disgusted by this.

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shuddle13

Innovatio’s claims could open the possibility of the firm suing everyday folks with Wi-Fi routers, though Matthew McAndrews, the group’s attorney, told The Patent Examiner that it had no plans to pursue residential customers  at this stage

Anyone else concerned about that last part?

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Deviate

No.

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LatiosXT

I don't get it, what do these patents protect? Sharing a resource?

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sbsk2000

Their faces should be posted. I'm so serious.

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CapitalistPig

I hold the patent on inhaling oxygen and exhaling carbon dioxide, for the purpose of sustaining life.  I'm not totally heartless though.  I will give licenses to the entire world- except the folks at Innovatio.  I refuse to grant them a license, no matter the price.  I will petition the courts for an immediate cease and desist order, preventing the violators for further infringement.  Problem solved.

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DaemonSeed

Strongly suggests twisting off of all Innovatio heads. And do make a point of putting them all on a no fly list. Parasites the lot of 'em. In fact put every single patent troll & mmpa & riaa scumbag on a no fly list, and ensure they get sent to someplace nasty.

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Asterixx

It's actually exactly like legal extortion. Stories like this should be highly publicised, because if the general public became aware of this crap maybe they'd demand meaningful patent (and copyright) reform

 

*edit* Meant this to be a reply to colenol_keaney's post below

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Guisano

"Innovatio (which ironically means “Innovation” in Latin)"

 

This is the way that MS and Apple innovate - via lawsuit.  I hope someone bitch-slaps Innovatio out of business

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Trooper_One

Another "Dr" Timothy Langdell of Edge in the making, this time, as as a souless 'limited' corporation.

These patent laws have done nothing to protect patent holders, allowed greedy owners to flourish, but also stifle innovation.

How do inventors supposed to grow with legitimate and manufactured products?

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nsvander

I dont get how this company can sue other companies for broadcasting WiFi.  All the affected companies had to purchase the equipment from somewhere to enable the WiFi, so they therefore bought the product and any royalties that were owed would have been covered with the initial purchase of this equipment right?  Or am I missing something here?

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Deviate

Wow.

It's absoutely amazing how far people will go to try to make a buck.

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Incognito

It's even more amazing that companies are dumb enough to pay the (albiet small) royaly instead of fighting it in court.  When they win they could counter-sue for court costs and would probably put Innovatio out of business. 

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iheartpcs

Actually, Innovatio in Latin means "Souless, greedy, scum-suckers"

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Conal_keaney

Our country's patent system seriously needs to be restructured. Things like this are getting out of hand. It's almost like legal extortion. 

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