Monday, May 14, 2012

TED Talks: How to beat a patent troll


Drew Curtis, the founder of fark.com, tells the story of how he fought, and beat, a patent troll. Along the way he shares some nutty statistics about the growing legal problem of frivolous patents.


Discipline: Business Law
Lecture (iTunes): Drew Curtis: How I beat a patent troll
Reflection:
Great speech from Drew Curtis of fark.com. He tells the story of how he was sued by a company called Gooseberry Natural Resources for allegedly infringing on one of their patents.

The patent was for, get this, sending news stories by email. Gooseberry also sued Yahoo, MSN, AOL, Reddit and others.

Mr. Curtis stood his ground and fought back...his final offer "How about nothing!"

He recommends 3 things:

  1. If you can, don't fight the patent, fight the infringement. 
  2. Make it clear that (a) you have no money, or (b) you'd much rather spend it on your own lawyers fighting this than giving it to the troll.
  3. Let them know you'll make the process as annoying and as painful and as difficult as possible.

Time to fight back against frivolous lawsuits, don't negotiate with terrorists!