Saturday, January 15, 2011

Now, we have "patent trolling", too (FlightPrep v. Runway Finder)

Julie Samuels has an important story at Electronic Frontier Foundation today about “patent trolling.” A company called FlightPrep (link ) has been using a patent registered in 2001 to go after other small businesses that generate flight plans or give information about runways.  (I can imagine that the TSA would be concerned about this.)   In fact, Runway Finder was forced off line, according to its own blog, here.

The EFF article is here.

The FlightPrep at USPTO is here.

There is also a “Boycott Flight Prep” site here   (not yet checked by McAfee). 

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