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IT-Analysis: Patents and the Threat To Open Source

Jul 04, 2004, 01:00 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robin Bloor)

"Have you heard of the media company Acacia? Probably not but actually quite a few web site owners have. Many of them have received FINAL NOTICES from Acacia Media Technologies Corporation (www.acaciaresearch.com). The leading light of Acacia (Newport Beach, California) is Robert A. Berman, who claims that his company owns a handful of U.S. Patents (Patents Nos. 5,132,992; 5,235,275; 5,550,863; 6,002,720; 6,144,702) and 17 International Patents covering the transmission and receipt of audio/video content via the Internet..."

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