EBay in patent fight over 'Buy It Now'

Full story: KUSA Denver

A small Virginia company in a patent fight with eBay Inc. asked a federal judge Tuesday to stop the online auction powerhouse from using its "Buy It Now" feature allowing shoppers to buy items at a fixed price.
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Josh P

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Jun 13, 2007
 
Everybody wants a piece of the pie.
The Mad Scientist

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"The case became a rallying point for critics who argue the U.S. patent system is riddled with abuse from small businesses that sue established companies to enforce patents for ideas that have never been developed into products."

Well, if those big businesses would just license the patents from the small firm, there would be no lawsuits. It does not matter if it is developed into a current product. Sometimes it is almost impossible to get funding to get a product to market place and big businesses are those holding that process down. Share the wealth you greedy bastards.
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The property in question here, as in many patent suits, is the idea. The idea does not necessarily have to be a developed product to be protected property.

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KUSA - 9News wrote:
The case became a rallying point for critics who argue the U.S. patent system is riddled with abuse from small businesses that sue established companies to enforce patents for ideas that have never been developed into products.
The Mad Scientist wrote:
Well, if those big businesses would just license the patents from the small firm, there would be no lawsuits. It does not matter if it is developed into a current product. Sometimes it is almost impossible to get funding to get a product to market place and big businesses are those holding that process down. Share the wealth you greedy bastards.
I very much agree with you. Also, smaller companies need to use the patent system to keep larger companies from stealing their ideas. It takes a smaller task force longer time to create final products from those ideas.

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