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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/4489/lesson-of-the-day-if-you-innovate-we-will-sue-you/

Lesson Of The Day: If You Innovate, We Will Sue You

December 27, 2005 by

According to several sources, Google Faces Patent Infringement Lawsuit Over Google Talk. From the plaintiff’s complaint:

Google’s wrongful acts have damaged and will continue to damage RTI irreparably, and RTI has no adequate remedy at law for those wrongs and injuries. The damage to RTI includes harm to it and its products’ goodwill and reputation in the marketplace that money cannot compensate. In addition to its actual damages, RTI is therefore entitled to a preliminary and permanent injunction restraining and enjoining Google [...] from infringing the ’085 Patent…

This patent litigation is reminiscient of the famous segment in the cartoon South Park known as the “Underpant Gnomes.” It’s a three-part business scheme that involves the following:

1. Steal underpants
2. ???
3. Profit!

Similarly RTI is not much different than NTP: they did not actual create a product that was “stolen” but rather sent some verbage to a State agency which in turn granted them a legal monopoly to sue actual innovators. With free-markets like these, who needs enemies?

{ 1 comment }

touche December 28, 2005 at 10:01 pm

Software patents will end up transferring substantial wealth to the legal profession. The system is clearly broken.

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