February 10, 2012, 10:32 AM —
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
IMHO, the only good patent troll is a dead patent troll.
coderunner on arstechnica.com
Slap the current patent system
Wouldn't it be awesome if such patents weren't granted in the first place? Rotten system is rotten
farnsworth_pro on arstechnica.com
Things look better today
Tim Berners-Lee showed up, your patent is invalid!
r3loaded on arstechnica.com
Rare, but welcome, to see such swift justice.