We’ve all been there. It’s 3am and you’re doing nothing but watching TV, questioning why you’re still awake, and eating ice cream out of the tub (I said out of the tub, not in the tub. You’re not that pathetic). And as we all know, there isn’t much on TV at that hour besides extremely entertaining (and strangely persuasive) infomercials.
In the hours that you’ve been watching these infomercials, you’ve seriously considered ordering some Pajama Jeans (for those of us who know pants are necessary but don’t really like them). You’re fairly certain that you would look like a very attractive Teletubbie in your Forever Lazy. And as you drift in and out of sleep, you’re not sure if you are purchasing a blender or should be expecting a ninja to come over and chop vegetables for you. The point is, we’ve all bought a few of these things, and inevitably they now sit in the back of our closets as we continue to make our “easy payments” on these, uh, “cherished” items. Article Continues…
There’s been a lot of news recently on patent trolls but being threatened with a lawsuit for using one’s own copy machine just seems ludicrous. Essentially – if a business is using the “one touch scan to email” feature that certain printers and copiers offer, they can be a potential target for this latest patent infringement lawsuit threat.
NBC Connecticut’s video coverage gives a pretty good overview:
Or, if you prefer reading, Ars Technica has been following this particular story for a while now:
It is our opinion that the system should require patent holders enforce against the manufacturers that enable various alleged patented technologies, not the endusers who may unwittingly be using a infringing technology that has been so provided. We believe it’s effectively extortion and financial terrorism/exploitation to go after endusers that purchase a product to use a featured advertised as provided by said product. If it infringes, it’s the manufacturer who is enabling and the infringer, not the innocent enduser.
However, it’s a lot harder for patent trolls to go up against a manufacturer as opposed to harrassing a payout from someone who would have to pay more to defend themselves than the cost being extorted.
We hope this matter gets resolved – but in the meantime, here is a solution to avoid becoming a target in the first place: Article Continues…