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Facebook pads IP portfolio, buys AOL patents from Microsoft

By Shawn Knight
Apr 23, 2012
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  1. Patent portfolios are trading hands faster than ever as Facebook has agreed to purchase a large number of patents from Microsoft. The social network is handing over $550 million in...

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  2. Can anyone explain how 99.9% of the rest of the Internet even exists? I mean stuff like AJAX, captchas, other anti spam techniques, JS frameworks etc etc seem perfectly suited to being protected by patents, and yet they are used freely. A dude in Australia is a many-times-over millionaire because he sued Microsoft for copying his patented process for software piracy prevention (from what I understand it's just a process! not even code or anything), and you're telling me the people who came up with the idea of asyncronously updating websites via Javascript can't patent that process?

    It seems any site on the net who didn't already become big before a certain date - a date which may have already passed - is going to be too weak and small to defend itself against a brewing war of software patents. The Internet has lured creative people into thinking it's alright, you can take other concepts and processes and do with it as you wish, but how long is this really to last?
     
  3. Rasta211

    Rasta211 TS Enthusiast Posts: 197   +28

    I'm going to patent giving birth and dying. Let's see how you all like that.
     
  4. Rasta211 : I dont think many dead people would pay...
     
  5. well at least we know microsoft isnt going to try any big social networking alternative anytime soon :D
     


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