- Patent pirate
Patent pirate may refer to different behaviors depending on the context:
* someone who willfully infringes a patent , see patent infringement [ [http://www.zdnet.com/5208-10532-0.html?forumID=1&threadID=19810&messageID=381579&start=-1 "Microsoft Was Found To Be A Patent Pirate"] , in ZDNet News Discussion, April 11, 2006] [
Samuel F. B. Morse, inventor of the telegraph, describes the challenges in defending his patents against "pirates" in a letter to a friend in 1848, in www.fullbooks.com, [http://www.fullbooks.com/Samuel-F-B-Morse-His-Letters-and-Journalsx5165.html "Samuel F. B. Morse, His Letters and Journals by Samuel F. B. Morse", Part 5 out of 9] , retrieved on June 10, 2006] [ Junius Redivivus, 19th century patent columnist for Scientific American, discusses patent controversies. Scientific American, Volume 7, Issue 30, Apr 10, 1852, p 234, retrieved on June 11, 2006:"There are patent pirates, however, men who, with money, care not for the rights of any patentee, but would violate them with a light conscience, were it not for fear of the law" [http://cdl.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/moa/pageviewer?root=%2Fmoa%2Fscia%2Fscia0007%2F&tif=00238.TIF&cite=&coll=&frames=1&view=50] ]
patent troll[Craig Tyler, [http://www.wsgr.com/news/PDFs/09202004_patentpirates.pdf "Patent Pirates Search For Texas Treasure"] , Texas Lawyer, September 20, 2004 ]
* someone who makes use of
submarine patents [United States House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Courts and Intellectual Property, [http://judiciary.house.gov/legacy/4130.htm "Hon. Howard Coble, North Carolina, Chairman, Hearing on the "21st Century Patent System Improvement Act", H.R. 400, Summary of Testimony of Harold C. Wegner, Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School"] , retrieved on June 10, 2006] [Janine Robben, [http://www.wweek.com/editorial/3043/5461/ "Son of Invention"] , Willamette Week Online, August 25, 2004 ]
*Those that engage in
copyright infringement, such as violation of the open source GNU General Public License, are also referred to as pirates, especially if the copying is done deliberately and for profit.
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