Anyone else get "the letter" yet?

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Anyone else get "the letter" yet?

Post by Deep Thought » Thu Sep 08, 2011 11:47 am

As you probably know, an IP pirate ship known as Mission Abstract Data LLC is trolling the broadcast waters looking for unsuspecting station owners from which to extract unearned booty. A couple of my clients have been contacted by this outfit and one sent a copy of the letter to me, which is attached. The client-identifiable data has been deleted but the rest of the letter is as it was sent. I didn't get the schedules referenced.

Interesting note here is that the station is using Clear Channel's automation suite, and these guys have very significantly not gone after CC itself.

Also note that they use Federal Express to avoid potential USPS mail fraud charges for extortion and racketeering.

Have you seen this yet? What are your stations doing about it?
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Post by techboywi » Thu Sep 08, 2011 7:55 pm

This looks very similar to a letter a customer I work with got. I work for a company that does WiFi for hotels. The GM of one of our hotels got a letter from a company (I forget the name now), saying in effect they own the rights to the technology behind WiFi, and want to get money from people for a "Iicense" to use WiFi and charge for it. As soon as I saw the email, I did a quick google search on it, and it ended up being BS. The people behind it were patent trolls, using fancy legal language to scare people into forking over money. I'll have to see if I can find the email, it was quite humorus
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Post by ChuckG » Thu Sep 08, 2011 9:13 pm

Haven't seen the letter yet at any of the stations I frequent.

We're supposed to believe the concept of HDD audio was patented by a company using a Free Weebly Website? :lol:
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Post by Dale H. Cook » Fri Sep 09, 2011 10:28 am

A dead giveaway in this whole affair is that Mission Abstract Data purchased their patents from Intellectual Ventures, the nation's number one patent troll. Read this NPR story abot IV:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2011/07/ ... nts-attack
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Post by Dale H. Cook » Sat Sep 10, 2011 7:23 am

You can help to fight these patent trolls by doing as I have done - file a complaint with Weebly.com for hosting a patent troll website.
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Post by Dale H. Cook » Mon Sep 12, 2011 12:49 pm

Weebly refuses to act against Mission Abstract Data, saying:

"Unfortunately, we are not in a position to judge the veracity of these kinds of complaints and so cannot remove this site or contact the customer on your behalf. However, we would be happy to take action given a proper court order, should you choose to pursue legal action against the person who created the site."

I, however, can act, by blockibg Weebly from my domain and from my clients' sites.
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Post by Dale H. Cook » Wed Sep 14, 2011 11:18 am

The Patent Office will review the Mission Abstract Data patents covering hard-drive automation. The move comes in response to a Broadcast Electronics request which seeks to have the patents declared invalid:

http://www.rbr.com/radio/radio-hard-dri ... iewed.html
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Post by Deep Thought » Fri Sep 16, 2011 3:41 pm

"the Patent Office has granted the request for a review, noting “substantial questions of patentability” regarding the two patent claims"

Shouldn't that be part of the initial patent claim investigation? Would be real nice if the Patent Office actually did its job the first time around and we could avoid all this "patent the wheel" frivolous nonsense.
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Post by radiowave911 » Tue Sep 20, 2011 5:46 pm

Looks like there was something passed on September 16, 2011, that may help cut down the trolling somewhat. I have not completely digested it yet, and am not a lawyer, so may never completely understand it, but at first read, it looks like it might do something: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leahy-Smit ... nvents_Act
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