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Old 01-26-2008, 01:10 AM   #1
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LXer: FTC Slams Patent Troll for Reneging on Licensing Promise


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In 1994, National Semiconductor promised the IEEE that it would license two of its patents to anyone implementing the Fast Ethernet standard for a flat $1000. Later, it transferred those patents, and they eventually came to be owned by Negotiated Data Solutions (N-Data) - a troll. That's the same Ethernet standard that's implemented in millions of computers all over the world. You can guess what happened next.

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