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When Patents Attack! – Audio Report from TAL.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on July 25, 2011

JW Note:  An interesting report on so-called “patent trolls” from This American Life (TAL), a weekly hour-long radio program produced by WBAZ, hosted by Ira Glass, and distributed by Public Radio International (PRI). 

A summary and transcript of the report is below, and a link to the audio is here.

Why would a company rent an office in a tiny town in East Texas, put a nameplate on the door, and leave it completely empty for a year? The answer involves a controversial billionaire physicist in Seattle, a 40 pound cookbook, and a war waging right now, all across the software and tech industries. (Transcript)