Newegg: "We Don't Feed The Trolls"

Discussion in 'User Submitted News' started by Rydian, May 18, 2013.

  1. Rydian

    Rydian Resident Furvert™

    Feb 4, 2010
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    For those unaware, "patent trolls" are companies or individuals that buy/obtain/hold patents and don't do anything except sue other companies over it. While patents were originally created to protect one company's invention and solely their ability to produce that invention, nowadays the patent system is abused like this all over. People have realized they can buy the right to a patent, and make a living by threatening companies for payments (without needing to actual produce anything themselves).

    Many companies will buckle and just send out payments opposed to going to court for months, but Newegg decided to actually fight some patent trolls in court... and the patent trolls were so wholly unprepared for somebody actually going to court with them that they didn't even have a proper representative trained.
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  2. DinohScene

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    People disgust me.

    Greedy people disgust me.
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  3. the_randomizer

    the_randomizer The Temp's official fox whisperer

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    With all these stupid patent trolls, makes me wonder why victims (in this case, companies who did no wrong) can't be immune against such greedy people.
  4. Foxi4

    Foxi4 On the hunt...

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    Sep 13, 2009
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    Good. These days we see a lot of patent abusing and that often leads to monopoly (I'm looking at you and your black rectangles, Apple). There's a number of changes that should be introduced to change this situation. Patents should definitely expire quicker and they should only be accepted if a given product is in development.
  5. SnAQ

    SnAQ GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    May 20, 2010
    Haha, hilarious!
  6. WiiUBricker

    WiiUBricker News Police

    Sep 19, 2009
    I'm going to patent my posts and am gonna charge €5 for every quote :tpi:
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  7. Veho

    Veho The man who cried "Ni".

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    Apr 4, 2006
    I remember the "shopping cart patent" farce, I'm glad Newegg didn't back down then and didn't back down now. Screw patent trolls. Also, screw current patent laws, they're retarded.

    You can't "patent" your posts, you can "copyright" them. Details.

    Also, non-commercial fair use, I ain't givin' you a cent :tpi:
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  8. osm70

    osm70 GBAtemp Maniac

    Apr 17, 2011
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    That reminds me of that Nintendo youtube thing.
  9. Jamstruth

    Jamstruth Secondary Feline Anthropomorph

    Apr 23, 2009
    North East Scotland
    Ahh Patent trolls. The Patent system is getting a little ridiculous and with software it's becoming even more so as people patent vague data processing systems without any real code or algorithm behind it. Some of them seem, to me, like a guy patenting the ability to sort entries in a database alphabetically.
  10. Thanatos Telos

    Thanatos Telos random stuff

    Sep 13, 2009
    United States
    And that's why I'm buying my GTX 760 from them when it come out. (Either that, or an HD 8870)
  11. 431unknown

    431unknown Greatness Awaits

    Sep 29, 2008
    United States
    Nah... almost all people disgust me. You had it right the first time.
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  12. gamewizard

    gamewizard GBAtemp Regular

    Jan 12, 2013
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    The moral of the story is do not try to bully the nerds over at Newegg because you end up with egg in the face.
    Pun Intended
  13. Rockhoundhigh

    Rockhoundhigh Man with a mission

    Apr 2, 2011
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    This reminds of that post Twitter made a long time ago about having no real means of making back all the money they have to spend defending themselves in court due to idiotic patent infringement litigation. They defend themselves they lose; they don't defend themselves they still lose. Nice to see some sweet justice being dished out for once though even if it's only due to the prosecution's own ineptitude. :P
  14. Gahars

    Gahars Bakayaro Banzai

    Aug 5, 2011
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    This patent trolling couldn't possibly backfire, right? Right?

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  15. Psionic Roshambo

    Psionic Roshambo GBAtemp Addict

    Aug 12, 2011
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    I love newegg, they will probably see $35K-$45K in sales from me alone in the next twelve months. (Well for my job anyway, with me ordering.)
  16. Frank Cadena

    Frank Cadena GBAtemp Fan

    Sep 13, 2009
    The reason why these patent trolls prosper is because patent litigation costs a lot of money. It's a basic extortion scam. "Going to court costs a lot of money, even if you win. Pay us a license fee, which is a fraction of the cost of an expensive lawyer, and save money and yourself the trouble." When faced with this, people will just cave and pay the fee rather than going to court. That's why I'm hoping that the SHIELD act passes. Even if it doesn't go far enough it's a good first step in ridding the scourge that is the patent troll.
  17. yuuna

    yuuna Hello, this is turtle.

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  18. ShadowSoldier

    ShadowSoldier GBAtemp Guru

    Oct 8, 2009
    Oh yeah?

    Just beat you at your own game. NOT ENOUGH THERE TO SAY IM COPYING YOU!
  19. Ericthegreat

    Ericthegreat Not New Member

    Nov 8, 2008
    United States
    This is a problem with our patent laws, not something to blame people for using. (They did file the patent first, what they do with it is no ones business)
  20. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

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    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    On the list of companies that could one day classify as patent trolls I would not have Alcatel-Lucent high up on the list.

    Still if you are going to send that much of an incompetent in there you get what you get.