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Fort Worth Lawyer Suing Twitter Over Patent

By Bonnie Petrie, NewsRadio 1080 KRLD

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – A Fort Worth lawyer is suing Twitter, saying the social networking site is infringing on his client’s patent.

Attorney Jon Suder says the United States Patent Office granted his client, VS Technologies, a patent for an interactive, virtual community including famous people.

The attorney says VS Technologies patented the idea in 2000, long before everyone from Ashton Kutcher to your high school gym teacher started tweeting, and they want royalties for the idea.

“He wants what the law affords him.  If he has a valid patent that’s being infringed, the law says that he’s entitled to be compensated by no less than a reasonable royalty, and that will be determined by a jury.

Suder is not saying Twitter stole his client’s idea, just that the idea is patented.

Internet law expert Travis Crabtree says a lot of times these lawsuits are brought by what he calls ‘patent trolls.’  Crabtree says they poke around looking for old patents hoping they can build a case for infringement against a succesful social network to make some money.

Earlier this week a lawsuit was brought by a Plano company named ‘Gooseberry Natural Resources’ against tech news websites FARK, Digg and Reddit among others over the use of an online press release patent.

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  1. Tony says:

    “…a patent for an interactive, virtual community including famous people.”

    Maybe the patent was infringed by some other “interactive, virtual community” which includes “famous people”?

    Maybe, the patent isn’t even legal if it’s the exact phrase as the one listed here due to it’s the most vague and ambiguous thing I’ve read in the past 10 years.

    Maybe, the person who holds this patent is one incredibly money-mooching moron who likes to try to sue companies for any and everything to try and gain a large settlement.

  2. Glen Mcbeth says:

    Bah.

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