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The Patent Troll Club Gains Another Member: Unwired Planet Inc (UPIP)

To my experienced but admittedly non-lawyerly eyes, all three of these stooges want to capitalize on the mobile revolution without actually contributing anything to it. Many of these so-called inventions are obvious to regular Joes today, and have been self-evident to mobile technology experts for ages. I mean, seriously — placing markers on a map? The Patent Office should never have approved these flimsy applications to begin with, and I believe that judges and juries have enough brains to throw most of them out with the bathwater.

It’s one thing to file lawsuits to protect real innovation, but a totally different thing to fire a patent blunderbuss at anything that moves. It’s a crapshoot, not a business strategy. You shouldn’t be surprised to find out that two of these companies are headquartered in gambling haven Nevada, and the third has an easy two-hour drive to the casinos in Atlantic City.

The article The Patent Troll Club Gains Another Member originally appeared on Fool.com and is written by Anders Bylund.

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