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Patent Troll Claims Notebook Cooling Rights

By - Source: ConceivablyTech | B 38 comments

The way notebook processors get cooled can be patented and monetized, apparently.

Well, at least IPventures thinks that it has a good case asking notebook makers for compensation as it claims to have invented the currently common way how fan-based cooling systems in notebooks work. IPventure says that it owns the rights to an approach that would reduce the clock speed of a processor, if a fan can't maintain an acceptable temperature level in a notebook enclosure. The IP firm appears to be testing the strength of its patent by suing Lenovo and Fujitsu over cooling systems in Thinkpads and Lifebooks.

What is especially striking in this particular patent is the fact that this does not seem to be a particularly passionate patent that IPventure wants to protect from abuse. The company claims that Lenovo and Fujitsu violate tow of its patents, one awarded in March 2009 (7,506,190) and one in May of 2011 (7,937,599). The clear impression is that IPventure waited for the newer patent, which is similar to the earlier patent, but much more detailed, to clear and launch a lawsuit with the purpose to retrieve damages and license payments right away. It is not that likely than IPventure could have initiated and maintained a reasonable negotiation with both Fujitsu and Lenovo between May 2011 and the filing date of the patent infringement claim on July 5.

Perhaps IPventure has a case, but the suit surely smells. Prior art could possibly invalidate both patents and we don't think that Lenovo and Fujistu will simply pay IPventure a fee for a potentially frivolous claim.

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    wintermint , July 8, 2011 5:24 AM
    This is why there's not much technological advances compared to other countries.. stupid patent system
  • 26 Hide
    docken02 , July 8, 2011 5:30 AM
    The suing over patents thing is getting out of hand. It’s ridiculous.
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    THEfog101 , July 8, 2011 5:41 AM
    Why doesn't somebody just jump the gun already and file a patent on the Von Neumann Architecture effectively ensuring a payout for every IBM Based computer for the next 20 years. What is this industry coming to?
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  • 26 Hide
    wintermint , July 8, 2011 5:24 AM
    This is why there's not much technological advances compared to other countries.. stupid patent system
  • 26 Hide
    docken02 , July 8, 2011 5:30 AM
    The suing over patents thing is getting out of hand. It’s ridiculous.
  • 12 Hide
    THEfog101 , July 8, 2011 5:41 AM
    Why doesn't somebody just jump the gun already and file a patent on the Von Neumann Architecture effectively ensuring a payout for every IBM Based computer for the next 20 years. What is this industry coming to?
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    infernocy , July 8, 2011 5:56 AM
    what the hell is going on with the hacking and suing lately ?
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    alidan , July 8, 2011 6:11 AM
    STFU AND READ THIS BEFORE POSTING FURTHER.

    the patent system is broken (non physical tech wise) when rounded edged icons can get a parent. however saying the patent system wrong is asinine.

    lets say you came up with a way to cool a cpu better than anyone else. and i mean 10% over the current best minimum. you detail your design, you file a patent, and this protects you from bigger companies taking the idea using it, and crushing you out of business.

    in the non physical tech world, there needs to be a patent pool. where everyone get licenses, all get it fairly, and the same value no matter who you are.

    for the physical, the patent system needs to root out all vague patents. if i can site an example, look at the magnavox first game system. the guy who made it detailed EVERYTHING so precisely, that he proved that another company stole his idea, and used it, and he got a settlement for it. THATS how the patent system should work, non of this sending an email from a cellphone bulls@#$ we have now.
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    _Cubase_ , July 8, 2011 6:14 AM
    Last week I patented the process in which a user posts a comment on Tom's Hardware articles. Anyone who has already posted or who posts comments from now on owes me money! I take cheques, money orders, credit cards and large cash settlements, and I have no intention of ever exercising my own ability to post comments from now on. Now if anybody wants me, I'll be stroking my cat and chuckling ominously!
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    capt_taco , July 8, 2011 6:19 AM
    None of this type of crap would happen with a good, strong totalitarian dictatorship in place. You'd think twice about filing this kind of idiot lawsuit if you were liable to get disbarred and have henchmen show up at your door. No more playing the legal system like the lottery.

    Capt. Taco for dictator.
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    cookoy , July 8, 2011 6:23 AM
    i thought Intel included cpu speed control when its cpu starts to get hot back in the P4 days. then AMD followed. if the system gets hot, the cpu will be the first to notice this.
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    lucky015 , July 8, 2011 6:25 AM
    You have got to love the American Injustice system.

    Yes, I meant exactly what I said.
  • 8 Hide
    iam2thecrowe , July 8, 2011 6:41 AM
    I patent the way i wipe my ass. If anyone shall wipe their ass like me, i shall sue them!
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    gerchokas , July 8, 2011 7:36 AM
    hehe love the headline :D 
    ...headlines! that was MY idea!
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    1fastbiker , July 8, 2011 8:08 AM
    Whoever approved this patent at the patent office should get FIRED, it is an invalid patent based on OBVIOUSNESS
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    Benihana , July 8, 2011 8:12 AM
    gerchokashehe love the headline ...headlines! that was MY idea!

    And if you win, the other guy will end up paying through their ass.
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    Benihana , July 8, 2011 8:13 AM
    iam2thecroweI patent the way i wipe my ass. If anyone shall wipe their ass like me, i shall sue them!

    And if you win, the other guy will end up paying through their ass.

    EDIT: Disregard my previous comment. I'm an idiot and didn't realize I clicked the wrong box.
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    lucas1024 , July 8, 2011 8:38 AM
    WTH is that drawing?! Is "activity detector" a basic electronics component? The Patent Office needs to be torn down and rebuilt from the ground up, patenting *ideas* should stop. If you have an idea, build a prototype and then you can have a patent. If you tell your idea to a company and they use it, then you can be entitled to something. If you had your idea, but didn;t tell anybody and then a company came up with the same idea, then go screw yourself.
    This patent BS is even more aggravating than politics! Forget any of my ideas here - ANYthing other than what we have now is going to be better.
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    neiroatopelcc , July 8, 2011 9:19 AM
    imo patents should expire after 3 years, or if the company holding them don't actively use them for 1 year ... that way most of these stupid cases will go away
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    Darkerson , July 8, 2011 10:11 AM
    Until they revamp and overhaul the patent system, this is never going to end. I really wish people that went and patented something, but never made anything based off of said patent, should have it invalidated. But thats just wishful thinking, I suppose...


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    netbanshee , July 8, 2011 11:41 AM
    Someone using the system against itself. It's the American way.If you don't like the way the system works then change it! Also the American way!!! ;) 
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    Hotobu , July 8, 2011 11:46 AM
    Love the headline "patent troll"

    umad notebook manufacturers?
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    nebun , July 8, 2011 12:14 PM
    lucky015You have got to love the American Injustice system.Yes, I meant exactly what I said.

    you are so very correct, the US judicial system sucks big time, look at how that monster of a woman got away with murder....WTF is going on?
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