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The Software Patent Explosion

how does this affect us?

     

Tonearm

7:51 am on May 4, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I'm sure you've noticed the explosion of software patent litigation lately and the commensurate buzz over patent filings and acquisitions. How do you think this trend will affect us ecommerce folk?

votrechien

8:58 pm on May 8, 2012 (gmt 0)



Probably little to nothing for most small businesses. These lawsuits tend to vary from struggling companies seeking to win billions of dollars to tit-for-tat lawsuits, neither of which affects most of us. Oracle, Yahoo, etc. likely don't have the initiative (let alone the legal grounds) to actually seek out royalties at this point from small businesses.

scottsonline

3:50 am on May 12, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Votre I'd rethink that. The patent trolls are hammering small businesses. They know they can't fight them with legal bills what they are.

Tonearm

4:12 pm on May 27, 2012 (gmt 0)

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It will be interesting to see how this shakes out. I get the impression things are coming to a head and maybe about to change. Any other opinions on this?

kjs50

10:57 pm on Jun 5, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I think it will definitely affect all sorts of businesses, large and small. We got hit recently by Kelora for faceted navigation. Their patent is currently invalidated but I'm sure they will appeal or fight it some other way.

They send threat letters specifically to small businesses as well to intimidate and hope they will pay up the licensing fees instead of spending money on attorneys to fight them.

Tonearm

7:15 am on Jun 6, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I just did some reading about the Kelora thing. What a hassle. It sounds like they're failing which should help bring this sort of thing to an end I would think.

If their patent is already invalidated and they're still creating problems for people, I wonder at what point is it safe to add faceted navigation to your site?
 

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