The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s most recent “Stupid Patent of the Month” highlights the importance of IPRs—patent reviews that can knock out bad patents quickly and relatively cheaply.
US Patent No. 6,738,155 was originally filed in 1999 and assigned to the Banta Corporation, a provider of printing and supply chain management services.
Banta was acquired by R.R.
Donnelly in 2006, and R.R.
Donnelly handed off the ‘155 patent to a patent-holding company called CTP Innovations in 2013. More correctly, Donnelly tried to hand off the patent—more on that in a bit.
The patent claims to cover a “printing and publishing system” that uses “a communication network.” Amazing, right? But in 1999, it was very easy to get software patents.
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