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Patent reformer becomes troll, sues defunct OSS company

Jul 30, 2009, 21:04 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ryan Paul)

"IP reporter Joe Mullin tracked down PubPat founder Dan Ravicher and asked if he was aware of Garrod's outside activities. Ravicher has a pragmatic view of the issue and says that Garrod's commitment to fighting against false marking makes him a valuable partner for PubPat despite his outside trolling work.

""Without Dave's assistance we couldn't do this campaign, which I'm convinced is a public good," Ravicher told Mullin. "We disagree about software patents. Dave's going to do that other stuff, with or without the false marking campaign."

"False marking primarily describes scenarios where companies mark their products as patented when they do not have a patent or when the relevant patent has expired. On behalf of PubPat, Garrod has filed several lawsuits against companies that perpetrate false marking. He does this as a volunteer without compensation from PubPat."

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