CIO: The Broader the E-Biz, the Bigger the Lawsuit

This CIO article by Allan Holmes includes:

Whatever the ruling, CIOs can expect more legal challenges to how they use technology in their businesses. Since 1998, when a federal court ruled that business method patents are valid, some 3,300 patents filed with the USPTO have been awarded. Patent holders for some of these methods "have discovered this is a lucrative business model," Lemley warns. Which means CIOs will end up weighing whether it's cheaper to pay licensing fees or go to court.

This is an update on an early ITBusiness.ca article about the antics of DE "Technologies" of Longueuil (Quebec). These are not actual technologies being exploited, but gaping procedural and policy holes in the processes of patent offices being abused to file suites using patents that should never have been granted.