Subject: Re: patent trolls and X-licensors
From: simo <>
Date: Mon, 05 Jun 2006 16:07:54 -0400

On Mon, 2006-06-05 at 10:44 -0700, Ben Tilly wrote:

> Incidentally a few years ago I remember seeing someone on FSB saying
> that a selection of random patents owned by IBM was surveyed and it
> was estimated that about 70% were invalid and would not hold up in
> court.  The opinion was expressed that IBM was unlikely to be
> exceptional in this regard, and may even be better than average.
> Given this, I'm fairly comfortable saying that most patents *are*
> invalid.  The question then becomes what the best thing is to do about
> this fact.

The answer really depends on who you ask to.

Usually the patent holders does not like to see their assets being cut
by 70% ...