SpotON3D to talk patents in SL forum

SpotON3D will address the patent issue in a discussion on the first day of its Content Creators Expo in Second Life.

Philippe Pascal, SpotON3D’s developer program manager, invited Hypergrid Business readers to attend the Expo, including those concerned about reports that SpotON3D has filed for five patents on OpenSim-related technology.

Visiting SpotON3D via a Facebook plugin. (Click on image to see higher resolution picture.)

Those patent applications cover a browser-based viewer wrapper plugin, the “Double Dutch” multi-grid content delivery system,  and a “key account” multi-grid registration system, under which users can link multiple avatars to a single user account.

Philippe Pascal

“Two presentations I think your audience might be really interested in, take place tomorrow,” said Pascal.

At 1 p.m. Pacific (4 p.m. US Eastern time) Pascal will lead a developer discussion group.

And, at 5 p.m. Pacific (8 p.m. Eastern), there will be a session titled, “SpotON3D ‘s Patent Pending Plug-in: Is it a threat or a benefit?”

The three-day expo, which begins Friday, August 19, will be at the SpotON3D Biz Solutions region in Second Life. More info can also be found at ccexpo.spoton3d.com

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Maria Korolov

Maria Korolov is editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business. She has been a journalist for more than twenty years and has worked for the Chicago Tribune, Reuters, and Computerworld and has reported from over a dozen countries, including Russia and China.

  • Hi Maria,

    Personally, if someone ever tried to shake down Kitely, I would make sure that that person suffers a much bigger financial and social cost for their evil attempt than any amount they could have ever wished to extort from us. I would do so even if the licensing fees are so “reasonable” as to make fighting back irrational. I would do so even if it meant that our own company would go bankrupt in the process.

    The community should create an organization that protects its members from companies that intend to extort “reasonable” fees from them. Bullies pick on others when people stand by idly, if we join forces then we’ll be able to fend off even bigger would be patent trolls.

    In good news, this just came out:

    “While software patents are still legal, it appears that the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, sometimes known as the nation’s ‘patent court’ has just made a decision that will make it much easier to reject software patents for being mere ‘mental processes’” rather than an actual invention. This could allow the Patent Office and the courts to reject many software patents.”

    See details here:
    http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110817/0312041
    http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/08/a

    If you want to quote a Stanford Law School professor on the lack of moral justification for patents then you may be interested in reading an overview of his latest research paper about the subject:
    http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110725/0317451

  • sargemisfit

    I wonder how many people will be able to re-arrange their schedules in a day to be able to attend. And I noticed that the expo is their event in their region.

    Short notice, their venue, didn't they pull the same stunt just a week or two ago?

  • Hi sargemisfit,

    I have no intention of attending any event under SpotOn3D’s roof until it reforms and starts playing nice with everyone else. I don’t want to help increase interest in their PR events. If they want to talk with the community they can do so here and in other community blogs where people can speak their minds when it is convenient for them to do so, without being limited by SpotOn3D's timetable.

    • sargemisfit

      I don't either. In fact, I am pretty much decided to live without anything they might successfully patent. My own personal SpotOn Boycott, if you will. I am also wondering if an email campaign to the USPTO might have any effect.

  • Well, what can possibly go wrong there? At best, we'll get some questions answered and at worst we won't, and can always leave it at that. I definitely plan on being there and maybe even provide a stream/recording of the event. The more people show up, the more lively the debate could be.

  • Hi Vanish,

    There is nothing to be gained by talking to them in their PR event. They wish to create some positive PR for their company. They get none by talking to an empty room (or one that is just filled with their friends and family). But they can get some good PR if the talk nicely to people who oppose their actions and turn this into a debate where they can re-frame the issue using a more positive angle for them (they are even calling this "Is it a threat or a benefit" – you can read their intended spin in the title).

    This is not going to be solved by anything SpotOn3D can say, the only way for them to stop being a threat to the community is by them acting in a way that will guarantee they can't hurt the community. If they want to actually do so and declare it to the world then they should do it here or in the community blogs.

    Please don't participate in their attempt to talk their way out of actually needing to change their conduct.

  • The best thing would be if nobody shows up! So boycot them. There are more and better opensim options than the ones they come up with.