Patent trolls fatten up on vaguely worded patents

10 03 2011

Patent trolls—outfits that buy some vaguely worded patent, then wander around the IT landscape suing or threatening to sue you and everyone else in search of damages or royalty payments—have become a scourge. One of our (least) favorite of these entities is the Webvention Company, which owns Patent Number #5,251,294:

A computer-based method for aiding a user in accessing a body of stored information which includes segments of related information, the method comprising displaying a set of labels, each label providing an abbreviated indication of information content of a corresponding one of said segments, said labels being displayed in an organized model reflecting relationships among information contents of said corresponding segments.


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