Patent troll Eolas stumbles in first case as Texas jury rules patent invalid.
The stakes couldn't get much higher, as Eolas' patent claims, if accepted, would have given them royalties on just about every Web interaction. This was the first time Tim Berners-Lee ever testified in court on a Web patent, and he flew to Tyler, Texas, to do so.
Appeals are possible, but this ruling stops Eolas from legally targeting any other company they feel might infringe their patent. Some reports call this the end of Eolas. Other reports want to know why a jury in East Texas invalidated so quickly a patent that had been reviewed multiple times by the US Patent and Trade Office, and upheld.
Slap the troll
Good. One less patent troll trying to ransom innovation for their own personal greed.Kris Craig on wired.com
IMHO, the only good patent troll is a dead patent troll.coderunner on arstechnica.com
With a loss in court all litigation costs should be shouldered by Eolas. And all future patent troll cases should be handled the same way.Terry on wired.com
Slap the current patent system
And yet we are still slaves to a system built of a fundamentally STUPID premise.openfly on wired.com
Wouldn't it be awesome if such patents weren't granted in the first place? Rotten system is rottenfarnsworth_pro on arstechnica.com
You know a patent claim has no merit when even an East Texas court won't accept it.JoshTriplett on news.ycombinator.com
Things look better today
Tim Berners-Lee showed up, your patent is invalid!r3loaded on arstechnica.com
After all the horrible, terrible decisions in copyright recently, this is an amazing success. And in Texas, no less! Maybe common sense has a chance, after all.TMWaH on wired.com
Can the companies that settled ask for their money back?ars on news.ycombinator.com
Rare, but welcome, to see such swift justice.