Rollover image on your website? That will be $80,000 (please)

Tagged: Off Topic, Patent Trolls, Software, Technology
Source: Ars Technica - Read the full article
Posted: 4 years 1 week ago

"Dear website owner, congratulations on your excellent site, which includes features covered by our registered patent, #5,251,294. As the description indicates, many of the components on your pages, particularly your menus, rollover images, and shortcuts, are detailed in our claim. We would be delighted to lease these to you at a reasonable royalty rate of $80,000. Please call our offices at your convenience to arrange a payment schedule." | more

 

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GraysonPeddie
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Thanks Tiv. Forums from other companies can allow me to change the size between 1 to 6, where 6 being large and 1 being small. Sometimes, they can customize UBBCode to specify the font size in pixels, em, or point size. (I enclosed the paragraph as a "p" tag.

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You've just been born? that'll be a life of pain (please)

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Tiv
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GraysonPeddie wrote:

Two words: Patent Troll (I'd like to make the font really big by using a size tag, but the font stays small regardless of whether I choose 1 or 7.)

1 ~ 7 is too small.. use anything from 8 ~ 16+

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GraysonPeddie
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Two words:

Patent Troll

(I'd like to make the font really big by using a size tag, but the font stays small regardless of whether I choose 1 or 7.)

It seems like I can edit my post in HTML.

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Andreas Hofer
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Excuse me but as far as i know, you can only claim it to be yours if the code behind it is too. Only because mine looks the same as yours does not mean I have copied yours (like with Pepsi/Coca Cola etc.). Also there are some laws in most WTO countries present that will not allow you to claim a patent on things that were already available for some time or have been used for free without consequences. Many companies try to claim patents after a successful product has been launched. This may take several years and end in court.

Now imagine what a "trial" would be like for them:

costs: very expensive, so a bad thing
chance of winning: well,..
attention from the media: very high (imagine 10k reporters calling the companies press department and because it is such a great service, they charge 3$/min each; now they will call twice or more a day to get the latest status update on the case....)

I do not know how things are handled overseas but locally this case would directly go to the department which does investigate in fraud and organized crime before allowing it to proceed to court if at all.

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Wow guess I have to remove something from the site I built for my father ffs

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"28. A computer-based method for aiding a user in accessing a body of stored information which includes segments of related information, the method comprising displaying a set of labels, each label providing an abbreviated indication of information content of a corresponding one of said segments, said labels being displayed in an organized model reflecting relationships among information contents of said corresponding segments"..

They really need to get a better handle over these patents.