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John Oliver breaks down patent trolls in this 'Last Week Tonight' segment

By Shawn Knight
Apr 20, 2015
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  1. While it seems many of the big names in technology – Apple, Google and Samsung – have grown tired of suing each other over frivolous patents, there still exists a far greater threat to innovation. I’m of course referring to patent assertion entities, commonly referred to as patent trolls.

    These companies don’t actually make or produce anything at all. Instead, they simply buy up a wealth of vague patents then scout the market to see who they can sue for alleged patent infringement. It’s an unforeseen byproduct of vague software patents issued over the past decade or so that’s gotten way out of hand.

    It can be somwhat complicated to understand at times but fortunately, John Oliver recently outlined it in a rather humorous segment of Last Week Tonight.

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  2. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,631   +432

    Excellent video.
     
  3. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,653   +523

    Just watched this on my PVR, great segment. Doubt anything will come of it.
     
  4. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,185   +530

    I bet if these troll patents got hacked, no one would care. Common you hackers, do something right for once! XD
     
  5. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,392   +329

    A video with a UK host in it not being available in the UK... please noobs... come on make it global you noobs...
     

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