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Re: Sharing the Family PC is Patent-Pending

From: Barry Pearson
Subject: Re: Sharing the Family PC is Patent-Pending
Date: Sun, 9 May 2004 11:57:18 +0100

Alun wrote:
> "Barry Pearson" <> wrote in
> news:Lx8nc.306$
>> What used to happen, and perhaps still does, is that companies would
>> use patents as bargaining chips. "We have these patents, and they
>> will screw you up for years. You have those, and they will screw us
>> up for years. Let's come to a mutual agreement not to fight about
>> this. Then we can both screw up all the others for years".
>> Does this still happen?
> Yes, it's called cross-licencing

Ouch! I should have remembered that term!

Is this possibly behind some of these rather strange patent application
attempts - they are there to increase the company's cross-licensing power?

Barry Pearson

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