Great news for companies under pressure from Lodsys. And it sounds like great
news about the patent mess in general. Groklaw analyzes Google’s
request to reexamine the Lodsys patents. It’s really thorough, but there’s a
nice summary at the end:
Most reexamination requests rely on a finding of obviousness, which is a far
more subject standard than demonstrating a lack of novelty. A lack of novelty
can be established by any one piece of prior art that discloses each of the
key elements of claimed invention. In each of these cases Google has
identified not one, but five separate pieces of prior art that each alone
demonstrates a lack of novelty in the critical Lodsys claims.
I like this. And I hope Lodsys gets smashed. Google, unlike many other
companies, is a titan that has a vested interest in weakening the patent system.
Yes, Google just acquired a massive portfolio from the acquisition of Motorola
mobility. Google’s no saint, but so far their business model doesn’t depend on
using patents to offensively stop competitors or extract licensing fees. For
now, Google’s in a good place to upset a system that causes havoc for the
little guys and the company wants to be seen in that light. I’m okay with that.