Libertarians for Patent Trolling

by on June 5, 2008 · 15 comments

Jamie Plummer points me to this story suggesting that Libertarian vice presidential candidate Wayne Allen Root is a patent troll. The patent looks like your typical software patent:

A method and apparatus for facilitating electronic commerce between suppliers of predictions and consumers of predictions. Suppliers provide their predictions on the outcomes of future events in one or more categories, and each supplier’s accuracy is tracked. Consumers interested in obtaining predictions for one of more of those categories are allowed to selectively choose which suppliers’ predictions they wish to view. The suppliers are compensated based on the number of consumers who view their predictions. In one embodiment, the consumers pay for the predictions that they view while the suppliers are paid a portion of the revenue obtained from the consumers. In another embodiment the consumers are not charged and all revenue is derived from advertisers. The system in accordance with the present invention includes a controller which automatically credits each supplier’s account, aggregates earnings for that supplier, and automatically sends an electronic pay order to the Federal Reserve’s automated clearinghouse to thereby facilitate payment.

I was already unenthusiastic about the Barr-Root ticket. This is another reason to be skeptical.

  • http://www.LinkedIn.com/in/BerinSzoka Berin Szoka

    Tell us more about Barr-Root, Tim. That last link in your post is broken!

  • http://techliberation.com/author/berinszoka/ Berin Szoka

    Tell us more about Barr-Root, Tim. That last link in your post is broken!

  • http://minnehaha-creek.blogspot.com Casey Bowman

    Thank you, Tim, for bringing this information out. During the LP debate, I was surprised to find myself hoping that Senator Gravel would run for the VP slot, after hearing Root. Unfortunately Barr/Gravel 2008 was not to be. What’s important is the direction we Americans are headed. I passionately believe Barr would help move us overall into the right direction after having read his book “The Meaning of Is” (2004). I don’t feel this confidence with Root. Root’s position on privatizing war in the debate spoke volumes. If Root proves to be a patent troll, again this is not the direction for our country to go. Far from it.

    On any other election year, one could simply turn one’s back and argue for something better academically. Unfortunately 2008 is a defining moment for America I fear. Given the situation I am hoping that Barr will serve as a good influence on Root. Really I’m hoping that Barr will serve as a good influence on America.

    Speaking of academic arguments, Thursday it occurred to me that we could have a separate election for the President of the Senate, strengthening the separation of powers, strengthening the Senate, and saying no to the disturbing example of Dick Cheney. As it is with the 12th Amendment, one elector votes for both offices.

  • http://minnehaha-creek.blogspot.com Casey Bowman

    Thank you, Tim, for bringing this information out. During the LP debate, I was surprised to find myself hoping that Senator Gravel would run for the VP slot, after hearing Root. Unfortunately Barr/Gravel 2008 was not to be. What’s important is the direction we Americans are headed. I passionately believe Barr would help move us overall into the right direction after having read his book “The Meaning of Is” (2004). I don’t feel this confidence with Root. Root’s position on privatizing war in the debate spoke volumes. If Root proves to be a patent troll, again this is not the direction for our country to go. Far from it.

    On any other election year, one could simply turn one’s back and argue for something better academically. Unfortunately 2008 is a defining moment for America I fear. Given the situation I am hoping that Barr will serve as a good influence on Root. Really I’m hoping that Barr will serve as a good influence on America.

    Speaking of academic arguments, Thursday it occurred to me that we could have a separate election for the President of the Senate, strengthening the separation of powers, strengthening the Senate, and saying no to the disturbing example of Dick Cheney. As it is with the 12th Amendment, one elector votes for both offices.

  • http://forum.sbrforum.com/players-talk/2303-i-worked-wayne-root-let-me-tell-you-about.html root

    Not only a patent troll but runs a crooked company. … Read this…. There are 100's of more posts like this in the internet http://forum.sbrforum.com/players-talk/2303-i-w

  • http://forum.sbrforum.com/players-talk/2303-i-worked-wayne-root-let-me-tell-you-about.html root

    Not only a patent troll but runs a crooked company. … Read this…. There are 100's of more posts like this in the internet http://forum.sbrforum.com/players-talk/2303-i-w

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