Laguna Hills, CA
Re: Trolls... Read the article, your example isn't what happened here.
They're stealing patents of other Cablelabs partners while refusing to give up theirs. Only CONTRIBUTORS to the DOCSIS spec are eligible for royalty free DOCSIS stuff. Rembrandt nor the company that they supposedly bought their patent from, Paradyne contributed to DOCSIS, thus they aren't entitled to goodies in the DOCSIS patent pool.
So basically by Rembrandt making their own few cable modems to claim they're losing money to people like Motorola, they're infringing on patents of other companies.
IOW, in order for Rembrandt to get royalty free DOCSIS stuff, they have to give up their DOCSIS stuff.
Same goes for their claims over ATSC. They're obligated to the original AT&T free license terms.
They're blood sucking leeches and their executives and their lawyers should be jailed for racketeering.
In your example it would be like you want to build a car based on a "Unity Car standard" developed by manufacturers to insure interoperability.
You invent the way it runs on grass, but you want to use Yokohama tire tread designs, Chevrolet designed fuel injection and a Sony patented CD player.
You take those patents from the Unity Car royalty free patent pool while refusing to put your grass burning technology into the patent pool for others to use...a violation of the Unity Car project agreements.
Or the company you bought the grass burning technology from already put it into the patent pool but then you later suddenly claim exclusive rights to grass burning technology and that everyone else in the group is infringing on your grass burning stuff (again, while you're using all of their technologies). It's bullcrap.
DOCSIS is built on this free patent exchange and if these scumsuckers succeed in stealing other's contributions while forcing others to pay for their supposed contribution, it will end these types of industry partnerships and we will be back to K56Flex vs X2 type standards wars and licensing schemes all over again.
You can't have standards when a company is permitted to steal from and extort money from other contributors to the standards.
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Chevy Chase, MD
Re: Rambus again
said by GlobalMind:Exactly what victory did Rambus come out with? My recollection is that they got bitch-slapped. So did Qualcomm much more recently.
It's the same deal as with Rambus.
Work on a joint venture where IP is shared, then decide to take the fruits of that partnership, patent it and then sue everyone elese.
Sadly in that case for some reason Rambus came out with at least some victory. Total crap, as this is.
Shove it Rembrandt IP.