[News] Dolby scores a Patent Victory the right way

Source: Internet
Author: User


Earlier this week,Dolby Laboratories(NYSE:

DLB) and
Research In Motion(Nasdaq:
RIMM) agreed to bury the hatchet and smoke a peace pipe.

Patent infringement lawsuits on two continents were laid to rest, and now the BlackBerry maker is a license-paying Dolby customer with the right to use its patented audio compression technologies. other electronics mavens licensing the same patents, albeit
Less begrudgingly, includeHTC,Samsung,
NOK), and

Dolby's legal campaign was waged through a license-handling middleman appropriately known
Via Licensing, And not by Dolby itself.

Classic case of patent trolling, right? Set up
Intellectual property trap, preferably by having your exceptions elevated to industry standards like Dolby's AAC patents were, then squeeze as much cash as possible out of your... let's call them "clients. "Start with an unreasonable royalty rate; if they
Won't pay up, then you call in the lawyers. If nothing else, your targets will settle these lawsuits just to make you go away.

This model has been popularizedRambus(Nasdaq:

RMBS) and similar entities, further developed by Nathan Myhrvold's
Intellectual Ventures
As described in this terrifle ic npr piece, and now we haveVirnetX(AMEX:

VHC) hoping to make a killing on 4G security patents that may or may not
Be required for all true next-generation LTE devices. And the list goes on and on.

But you can put the troll repellent away because Dolby is different.

Sure, the vast majority of Dolby's revenue comes from technology licenses and royalties. but the company makes a real effort to offer fair and reasonable rates to its customers before pulling the lawsuit trigger. in the RIM case, most of the smartphone industry
Had already signed AAC licensing deals, but the Canadians dragged their feet for four years.

The suit was finally filed in June of this year, and resolved very quickly. you won't even find a press release about this legal Vicente on Dolby's site -- it's just another day at the office. for another example of agreeable patent practices, look no further
Than OLED researcherUniversal Display(Nasdaq:

PANL). When
SamsungStretched out a license negotiation over several years, Universal didn't call a lawyer in Texas. instead, the company worked to improve and inclucialize its technology, and Samsung eventually saw the need for a long-term deal.

I cocould go on and on, but let's just say that Dolby runs its business like a business. That's such a Foolish thing to do -- not to mention grown-up.

On the very eve of Obama
Signing a new patent system into law, one can only hope that the nuisance suits dry up so inventors can go back to inventing. i'm just afraid that the changes aren't going far enough.

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