CEO said SoftBank holds patent on a piece of Google Glass functionality
0. phoneArena 11 Apr 2013, 17:29 posted on
Patent filings are always a tricky situation, especially when the person or company holding the patent has a lot of money to throw at lawyers. This is why this story is one to keep on the radar. Masayoshi Son is the CEO of Japanese mobile carrier SoftBank and a billionaire as well; and, he has said that SoftBank holds the patent on one of the pieces of Google Glass functionality...
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1. lyndon420 (Posts: 3671; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
Just don't sell them there. If the people in Japan want it bad enough there is always eBay - BAHAHAHAHA. But no, seriously this sucks just a little bit.
2. lyndon420 (Posts: 3671; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
Why apply for a patent if you aren't going to use it? Oh right....to patent-troll obviously, since they have no actual tech to apply this patent to.
3. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2698; Member since: 26 May 2011)
No, you patent everything regardless, because that's the way the patent system works. The patent system doesn't require actual working prototypes, so companies don't need to be on that step. Plenty of companies have tons of patents that they will never use, because the patent system is stupid like that.
4. lyndon420 (Posts: 3671; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
I know and it isn't right. Oh...just so you know, I filed a patent for websites that focus on phone related news. (Better inform your employer Michael) lol.
5. downphoenix (Posts: 3144; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
well maybe the patent system will need to be changed for actual working prototypes.
6. BiN4RY (Posts: 83; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)
No it doesn't. A patent is defined as a "system that protect ideas", not a system that protects in-in-development prototype.
8. lyndon420 (Posts: 3671; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
I'm guessing the ones who issue the patents came up with that idea...or at least whoever keeps issuing these 'bad' patents that keep getting invalidated in court. Maybe the courts should start getting involved in the patent approval process as apparently they know more than the patent office.
9. lyndon420 (Posts: 3671; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
Have you ever seen a product with the phrase 'Patent Pending' on it. I have...numerous times.
Down with patent trolls. Fix the system that is obviously broken since it seems the courts know more about patents than the patent office. To have a patent on an idea gives little guarantee that the idea will remain yours. Buy the courts, then patent the idea.
10. jsdechavez (Posts: 718; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)
Some small cross-licensing deal perhaps should settle this..