Matthew's Foray into Blogging

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Some People Are Bound to Take Issue…

But text messaging strikes me as being for high-schoolers. (If I can’t express my opinions on my online journal, what is the point of maintaining a web log?)

The people with whom I work don’t use e-mail. I use e-mail quite extensively. My coworkers do communicate via text messaging, though. Instead of talking on the cell phone while in the courtroom, which is forbidden, or stepping outside to make a phone call, they will fire off text messages on their cell phones. Dude, just get BlackBerries [1]or the new Palm Treos. You wouldn’t have to hit every button on your phone 36 times just to type a single character. What annoys me is that I incur charges for doing nothing more than receiving text messages.

[1] The BlackBerry might not be around for much longer, due to a patent dispute between the maker of the BlackBerry, Research In Motion, and the company that holds the patent for the technology, NTP.


  • I had to change my plan with Verizon because I was starting to get so many text messages from coworkers. In a few years you will be carrying around a universal device: cell phone / PDA / iPod / blood pressure analyzer / t.v.

    By Blogger Ashley, at 6:24 AM, December 04, 2005  

  • With everything available to us everywhere, all the time, it's a wonder anyone ever goes anywhere anymore.

    By Blogger Steve, at 9:28 AM, December 04, 2005  

  • I just don’t get it with these large companies like RIM. When an independent inventor approaches them with his patent and seeking a royalty, their very first instinct is to say no. Alternatively, they could have reviewed the patent with an open mind; perform their legal due diligence and make an intelligent decision. That decision should have been based on a few simple questions.

    Are we infringing the patent now?
    Will we likely infringe the patent in the future?
    Is this a new business we would like to get into?
    Then, answer the same questions about your competitor.

    If the answer to any of the above is yes, proceed below and if No, tell the inventor that the patent is not related to your business, thank him and send him on his way.

    Get pricing and terms and all options available for the patent (i.e. Can you buy it, or license it exclusively or non-exclusively and how much?).
    Get a professional due diligence on the patent (is it valid?).
    Assuming the patent has never been licensed to anyone else, you may want to consider buying it or taking an exclusive license. Before you make that decision, answer the following question: Would it be beneficial if you could monopolize whatever is covered by the patent? And, would it be detrimental to you if your competitor could monopolize whatever is covered by the patent? If the answer to either question is yes, you may want to consider buying the patent outright or taking an exclusive license.
    If the answer to both questions is NO, you probably only need a nonexclusive license.

    If you determine that you want to buy or license the patent, negotiate for the best price and terms before others do. The next guy always pays more.

    Whatever you do, keep the following in mind: Most in-house engineers are negative when it comes to outside patents. They tend to believe that if they didn’t invent it, it’s no good. Many in-house patents attorneys do the same thing because it is normally their job to generate in-house patents and protect you from outside patents. It’s the old “Not Invented Here” syndrome.

    Remember that this is a business decision, not a legal decision or an engineering decision. Do yourself a favor when evaluating patents, seek outside advice from an attorney that isn’t looking for a long court battle – Lawyers always win and you will be paying the tab

    if you have decided to knowingly infringe, be prepared to pay 10s or even 100s or times more than you could have obtained a license for. The independent inventor is going to take it personally and there are many large law firms that will take his case for 35 – 50 percent of the settlement. Moreover, Juries tend to side with the independent inventor when they learn that the poor guy invested his life savings and lost his business because of large corporate infringers like you.

    Don’t be surprised if RIM’s settlement reaches 1 billion dollars when they could have obtained a license for pennies per Blackberry handset.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:58 PM, December 04, 2005  

  • I love blackberry as you know, especially when it has the text messaging capabilities, the one my company refuse to get for me. Weird. Cheap.

    By Blogger New York Red, at 4:14 PM, December 04, 2005  

  • Does this explain why you haven't been returning my text messages, Matt?

    By Blogger Thomas, at 4:14 PM, December 04, 2005  

  • I think an intellectual property professor happened upon my blog.

    Actually, Thomas, I just yesterday noticed that on November 10 you had sent a text message to me, so, no, I am not ignoring your text messages. While I had previously not been receiving the charge-incurring text messages, on Friday, I suddenly received a spate of text messages from the aforementioned coworkers. I also was reluctant to disturb you while you were in the midst of preparing for final exams.

    By Blogger Matthew, at 8:34 PM, December 04, 2005  

  • i'm a fan of the text messaging system. however i do see how it can seem very high school.

    but when i was in high school, we could only pass notes.

    By Blogger kari, at 11:42 PM, December 04, 2005  

  • A text message is just one more option when it comes to breaking up with your girlfriend.

    By Blogger hal the brown, at 2:16 PM, December 05, 2005  

  • I personally prefer the post-it method of breaking up. Nothing says "personal touch" like handwriting a terse break-up message on a little piece of sticky paper.

    I recently found out that I get charged for receiving text messages, which is total crap. That's also why I stopped returning Thomas's texts. That and it's a pain in the butt to type on a phone. I would complain to t-mob, but I just signed away two more years to them in exchange for a really cheap camera phone. I don't know what kind of low quality pictures I plan to take with that phone, but I've got it, just in case. I also do not have a service plan that includes sending pictures, so that feature is even more useless. But I feel slightly cooler now.

    By Blogger!, at 5:57 PM, December 06, 2005  

  • Are you sure they are not e-mailing from their cell-phones? Coz that is an option too these days?

    By Blogger Astrid, at 11:36 PM, December 08, 2005  

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