Monday, September 25, 2006

MGOF: And Justice for All

MANGOSOFT, INC. of Nashua, NH (OTC: BB: MGOF) announced today that its subsidiary, Mangosoft Intellectual Property, Inc., had filed a civil action earlier this morning alleging patent infringement against eBay, Inc. of San Jose, California. More specifically, the lawsuit is against eBay’s subsidiaries Skype Technologies SA and Skype Software Sarl of Luxembourg. Mangosoft is alleging that eBay’s subsidiaries have infringed upon U.S. Patent No. 6,647,393, and continue to infringe upon it. This patent is apparently on what’s been termed “dynamic directory service”.

So what the heck is a dynamic directory service? That’s a good question. A dynamic directory service is a single data structure that provides both the physical location of directory information around the network and the directory information itself within that structure. Within a network of computer nodes this data structure is distributed throughout the network, and continuously redistributed. This creates a data service that is more versatile and dynamic.

Unless you’re a techie wizard, this probably doesn’t make a whole heck of a lot of sense. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to me anyway. I suppose that is a good thing, as I cannot break any patents on something that I don’t know how to make. Apparently that was not the case with Skype Technologies and Software. My question is, is there anything new left under the sun? Let’s say that two techie geniuses create the same invention on the same day. One of them beats the other to the punch getting the patent; the other has still “created” something. I would be cautious about coming up with a new idea or invention. It might end up costing you in the long run.

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