Newegg scores new victory against "corporate troll" Alcatel-Lucent

By Jos · 16 replies
May 17, 2013
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  1. For a few years now has made it policy never to settle with patent trolls. Following up from their victory over Soverain Software in January, who claimed to have invented the online shopping cart, now the retailer has scored...

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  2. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,144   +911

    Good on New Egg, that kind of attitude will help lower the amount of patent trolls out there.

    It's a shame Amazon didn't take this approach and just paid though, they have the money to pull it off I would assume?
    Wendig0, danhodge and psycros like this.
  3. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Evangelist Posts: 611   +94

    Patent trolls need to die
    Wendig0 likes this.
  4. BlueDrake

    BlueDrake TS Evangelist Posts: 378   +112

    Possibly felt it would negatively impact them in some way, along with a number of others or they felt it's easier to settle than avoid embarrassing, unwanted attention on them. There's all sorts of reasons companies would want to settle out of court.
  5. Greg S

    Greg S TechSpot Staff Posts: 1,065   +427

    So now let's just sue people because we have patents not because we actually know they might be infringing upon them. Can I patent the systematic suing of large companies for profit?
    psycros likes this.
  6. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,182   +469

    No kidding.
  7. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,713   +3,688

    I think patents should have expiration dates. If one is going to profit, they should be confined to an initial time frame. Profiting indefinitely is BS and counter productive where innovations are concerned.
  8. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,182   +469

    US patents do have expiration dates.
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,961   +2,516

    US patents expire in 17 years. That's the length of time prescription medications hold their users in thrall. And that's how long big pharma has to work on getting another off label use approved or modifying the original drug to qualify for an extension.

    Now copyright was 50 years, and is now up to 75.

    Here, knock yourself out with Wiki overdose:
  10. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,660   +1,948

    Their logo and name protect them, they got the ballz...
  11. All that comment that these are patent trolls. I would love to see you work all your life for free. See how you like it. For that is what happen here. Some one invented something and a s s h oles like new egg been using it for free for years. And now the justice was not served. It does not matter how the plaintiffs got their hands on a patent or if it was dirt cheap. What maters is that they are owners. All these companies are getting away with murder using others tech and prior art for free and under cutting their business and making good companies die. This is why we have so much cheap s h I t in the markets that break in 6 months. I am glad I did not sell of some of my old stuff. I have a 42 inch tv and a 28 inch monitor that still works after 8 years. 2005. Also have a g5 mac pro that has an 8 year old hard drive in it. My toshiba piece of s h I t hard drive died in 1.5 years in my laptop. I did not even abuse that lap top. I currently have a hitachi hard drive works with no problems and it has 2x density.
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,961   +2,516

    You go girlfriend...right on...!:p

    That was really the point though wasn't it? A bunch of lawyer/parasites didn't "work all their lives" for squat. They leveraged the patents and then decided to get rich filing lawsuits. Unless that is what you call, "working for a living". In which case, spare us the details..
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  13. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,713   +3,688

    You know Cap sometimes I have trouble interpreting your sarcasm, but not this time.

    There is no need in me saying a word, you said it much more elegant than I would have. My comment would have probably been removed.

  14. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,182   +469

    Actually, I could agree with this thought if only you could point out which patent Newegg actually infringed upon. It seems plaintiff Alcatel-Lucent and their attorneys could not. Ruling for the defendant.
  15. jester376

    jester376 TS Booster Posts: 55

    I find the idea of patents somewhat annoying. I thoroughly enjoy the idea of people being credited for their work and protected against idea and design theft. However, companies should also look at the idea of working with other companies to progress technology faster. I'm pretty sure that technology would progress much faster if we didn't have so many companies fighting over small ****.
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  16. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,961   +2,516

    Yeah, we should have just one big company that takes care of everything. What could go wrong there?

    And everybody will live in peace and harmony, and all the women will, "uphold the ideals of the Miss America Pageant".

    While we're extolling the virtues of cooperation, and since we already have nuclear weapons, we should help North Korea to build theirs. If we all work together, think of the great things we could accomplish...
  17. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,713   +3,688

    Eternal pessimism, lets work together on this one Cap. I promise, I will try to keep up.

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