Patent troll tries to charge Hipmunk licensing fees

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  1. thetravelanalyst

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    http://gigaom.com/2012/07/05/patent-troll-stalks-travel-site-hipmunk/

    "Just days after Hipmunk’s June funding announcement, a company called i2z Technology LLC told the travel start-up that it has to buy a license for a 1994 patent that covers a method for displaying data in multiple computer windows.

    Despite its high-tech sounding name, i2z is simply a Texas shell company run by a California lawyer that is targeting internet and travel companies including Kayak, Google, Yelp and Microsoft. Under i2z’s business model, known as patent trolling, firms that don’t make anything collect patents in order to extract licensing settlements from companies that do."

    Wow, the balls on some people.
     
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  3. thetravelanalyst

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    Cool! I'll check it out. As a lawyer I guess I shouldn't be surprised. . . But I am.
     
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    That was awesome. I think it's so wrong on 2 levels. It's morally wrong to acquire patents so that real creators fall into a trap when they create something. And it's just plain lazy.
     
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    You just described apple. :D
     

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