I came across a post on Slashdot about a lawyer from a firm wishing to find out the identity of a blogger at http://trolltracker.blogspot.com/ to discredit him or her based on whether they work at a company with interests in software patents. I do not really care where the work if they are willing to publish posts about the patent trolling on a whole I think we are better off. This lawyer works for a firm of a known patent troll. The thing that disgusts me is that they use the system designed to further innovation to spurn it. The patent system has been so bogged down with obvious patents or prior art that its ridiculous. It may not be illegal but its unethical to create or buy a patent for the purpose of extracting license fees from competitors based on obvious or prior art patents. the most recent expample of this is Trend Micro patent on virus protection on smtp or ftp traffic. the patent description is obvious and should have been reject for a specific method. This lawyer who is trying to find the identity of trolltracker should be ridiculed and mocked for his assertion that it matters whether the person works for a company like Microsoft, Intel or other such company that actually makes a PRODUCT! Raymond Niro of Niro Scavone Haller & Niro You should be ashamed of yourself for even trying. And Mr Niro you should be ashamed of yourself for not earning your wealth but getting lucky on a get rich scheme like patent trolling.
ps Raymond Niro for 10,000 I would give you my identity freely. Not a whole lot you can do with it but I imagine that is the case with troll tracker as well.
edit notes: not trolltech but trend micro was invloved in patent infringement law suit that is completely bogus. trolltech is a software company that made the QT environment for KDE application programming.