EFF Busts Podcasting Patent, Invalidating Key Claims at Patent Office

The EFF:

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) invalidated key claims in the so-called “podcasting patent” today after a petition for review from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) — a decision that significantly curtails the ability of a patent troll to threaten podcasters big and small.

“We’re grateful for all the support of our challenge to this patent. Today is a big victory for the podcasting community” said EFF Staff Attorney Daniel Nazer, who also holds the Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents. “We’re glad the Patent Office recognized what we all knew: ‘podcasting’ had been around for many years and this company does not own it.”

This one is near and dear to my heart — I’ll celebrate by making another contribution to the EFF. (And how great is it that there exists a “Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents”?)

Monday, 13 April 2015