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Patents: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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JohnFruscianteMarkLa (11 hours ago)
Harry Reid the DEMOCRAT majority leader in 2015 was the SOLE person who blocked the Senate Bill. This video is crystal clear PROOF that Comedy Central has a severe political bias. Even CNN would admit Harry Reid is a corrupt piece of shit but Comedy Central blames the lawyers and doesn't even mention Harry Reid once...
Jcknight7996 (5 days ago)
Can't you counter sue?
llinkii (10 days ago)
this petent trolls are real devils.. and the law let them do... a man who steal food for his kids go to jail... fuck humans..
CZpersi (15 days ago)
I would like to patent the process of submitting a baseless patent lawsuit,
Aram Alatrash (18 days ago)
So that company buying all the rights to youtube free music is basically the same scam?
Allen Janz (22 days ago)
Mr. Oliver could patent an "explanation of reality that is both funny and explanatory".
ILPilot (24 days ago)
Any X-Plane users here?
jonah wukotich (25 days ago)
I think we can use a pragmatus book. Like that bunny book
barry dingle (29 days ago)
Camera truck runs stop sign at 7:26
Demetri pics (1 month ago)
He is right. I am pretty sure that if you light a match here in Texas you can probably set the air on fire.
White Shadow (1 month ago)
Patent hearings have juries?
Oengus Fearghas (1 month ago)
People like these patent parasites deserve the worst that Hell has to throw at them. In the Xerox case he mentioned that lawsuit shouldn't have leg to stand on.... the feature was built into the machine and I'm using it. I don't owe you jack nor shit. That's a problem between you and Xerox if it's a patent-infringement... Has zero to do with the end-user.
ReconstructedBeauty (1 month ago)
What are trolls?? Are they like Not good looking people using the Internet???????
ReconstructedBeauty (1 month ago)
This show has such a twist....
Punita Karani (1 month ago)
https://youtu.be/rFCfZ_qPf28
Dana Nathan (1 month ago)
1k pantent trolls
Larissa Stevenson (1 month ago)
What the hell was the cat dude's shoulder dance?!?!? I laughed so hard I cried!!
Carlos Diaz (2 months ago)
the big problem of have an idea is the patent they have to simplify the way to do it
Amanda Armstrong (2 months ago)
SKEHHEEEEEEEHHEE
Caroline Assaf (2 months ago)
I need a compilation of all the episodes where our dear John Oliver impersonates raccons !
Investing Book Summaries (2 months ago)
lol nice
British Nerd (2 months ago)
So, it's dragons den?
Claire Sun (2 months ago)
Lmao I love this guy, I laugh and learn every time!
Re the #PredatoryPyarasite "troll" lawyers ...maybe someone should have a talk with their Rabbis.
Hipples (2 months ago)
8:21 DOWN HE GOES
Friendly Human (2 months ago)
patents are detrimental to the technological advancements of the human race. imagine homo habilis patenting an eye-shaped stone tool forcing other homininis to either pay up or using bare hands. each and every human being is free to combine all and every element in the universe. the universe is one and atoms are created for all of us. you can own a given piece of matter - but not the way molecules are arranged. that would be ridiculous. patents are the way to extort from other smart people - with the help of the greatest mafia machine out the - state machinery
blackneos940 (2 months ago)
Since Apple doesn't allow comments, and probably only invented a Cow image, I'll just leave this here for you all... Apple claimed the GUI, which actually originated at Xerox PARC, if I'm not mistaken Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie made UNIX at Bell Labs, which macOS is (specifically the MACH Kernel) macOS is in turn based on NeXTSTEP And, the bonus Fact Of The Day: Microsoft didn't come up with GUIs that snap to different sides, or virtual desktops; KDE did, I believe. :)
bluepeng889 (2 months ago)
Can I patent air?
Notta Reelname (3 months ago)
9:59
Magnus Francis (3 months ago)
He is so not funny
Joseph 1960 (3 months ago)
what about in UK? if i invent something and move to U.K. Patent my invention there....
Cai Jones (3 months ago)
In the U.K. Some of the largest companies are patent trolls, especially in the telecommunications sector. But for legal reasons I will not name the British Telecommunications company that dose it. Cough cough
Siddharth Kumar (3 months ago)
That's why china is defeating US in innovation. They don't have any working patent system
pianoforme122 (3 months ago)
America is one sick corporate country..
Chadrach William (3 months ago)
So the patent trolls are mostly all from Marshall Texas ? If there is a God then that place can have an asteroid. An ice rink, are you joking? How self indulgent can a state be? Why don't they just put a dome over the entire state and isolate themselves from the rest of us peons, since they are so obviously better that everyo e else, NOT, fuck them first FEMA.
Elton Cena (3 months ago)
dont edit the fucking bad language come on HBO
Itai Eiron (3 months ago)
https://youtu.be/3bxcc3SM_KA?t=10m
Hernan Bonilla (3 months ago)
🙄🤣🤣
Homeschool (3 months ago)
10:23...sticks and stones, cause names will never hurt trolls...oh fire works too.
HB 223 (4 months ago)
This happened at my school like a year ago or so- we established a brand new suicide prevention program in light of a recent student death and we got sued due to having the same name as a patent that was bought by a company
Sindollx666x (4 months ago)
"It's like building a bowling alley in space. " 👏👏😂😆
Arun Sharma (4 months ago)
why do the audience feel the need to applaud everything
destructorinator (4 months ago)
There is another job that has no patents. Prostitution.
DiverGaming (4 months ago)
Silicon valley?
oron61 (4 months ago)
Patent trolls, Prosperity gospel megachurches, monopolist holding companies, EA's marketing system, Chinese technological espionage centers, and "tech service" ransomware factories. Wanna bomb 'em all.
RpiesSPIES (4 months ago)
Nintendo loves to stomp on those f*ing patent trolls. Beautiful stuff.
Danica Torgerson (4 months ago)
When he impersonated the racoons I died of laughter
christian macri (4 months ago)
I wonder how many patent trolls are Jewish
Wookie Chu (4 months ago)
i cant click on any buttons at the end of this video!? wtf?
Dhaval Shukla (4 months ago)
Patent procedure even in here is quite tiresome. You have to search for similar patents if it isn't something completely new from component to component. You have to search all the corresponding patents then fill up the documents which take a lot of fees and then as you apply the patent in the patent office you have to wait for the department to give you an answer. Meanwhile it is searched for other patent infringements which you already did and for the possible existence of the idea of the patent. You wait almost a year to hear back and if you're lucky probably 3 months.
Herb Tenderson (4 months ago)
I patented the alphabet everyone in the comment section is getting sued by me
Mark Douglas (4 months ago)
*busts out raccoon impression* this dude is so funnyyy lol
Nic Wow (5 months ago)
And then there was Public Domain and Open Source...........
Sarah Quill (5 months ago)
I take it Shark Tank is some cheesy Yankee version of Dragons Den?
Negroitis Shmitzler (5 months ago)
the cat guy looks like Edward snowden
Bslites (5 months ago)
I know that it’s not really relevant but Shark Tank is a blatant theft of Dragons Den
Lynn Wilhoite (5 months ago)
Rhapsody! That name just makes you want to slap somebody silly.
Rennis Tora (5 months ago)
Funny enough, it's similar to how some businesses or companies try to get YouTube to take down content they have no ownership of and sometimes content the channel owns, taking advantage of the fact that YouTube doesn't check such claims first.
Jur Van Oerle (5 months ago)
Murica
Ian Curtis (5 months ago)
I lost it with a bowling alley in space🤪
Heavy Object (5 months ago)
If only America law and court actually works this wouldn’t have happened
Brianna Marie (5 months ago)
I've been through the patent process before and let me tell you, it is a pain to deal with. Researching beforehand to make sure that your idea doesn't infringe on pre-existing ideas is nearly impossible And without a lawyer, that process becomes 10x harder. I actually got a patent denied because aspects of the design were similar to something that someone else had used for a completely different idea unrelated to what I was trying to patent. I honestly feel so sorry for companies who have to deal with patent trolls. Aside from them, my main issue with our patent system is how it can really put a stop to innovation. While it is essential, especially for small businesses who fear that without protection their ideas will be stolen and used by larger companies, it makes it difficult to combine ideas and innovate without infringing upon others ideas. There was an issue a while back where the creators of the wikipad sued Nintendo for their joycon design due to patent infringement. They wanted to have Nintendo halt all sales of the Switch, which is a ridiculous demand. The worst part is, the wikipad hasn't been on the market for years.
Michael Moc (5 months ago)
Oh my god That raccoon bit I’ll like the video just for that
Parker Unruh (5 months ago)
I’m surprised apple wasn’t mentioned because they took the open source haptic engine, renamed it to Taptic Engine, and tweaked it very slightly and then patented it. So really they are a patent troll.
Ulquiorra Cifer (5 months ago)
They should have a policy stating that you lost patent rights if you do not utilize it within a year or some other period of time. Utilize being producing a product or licensing it.
Name Alsoname (5 months ago)
Liked because of his raccoon impression
Max Marks (6 months ago)
I know I’m late to the party but I just have to say that John Oliver actually looks quite a bit like a raccoon.
Lune Calme (6 months ago)
One MAJOR aspect of the debate has been completely left out: why the fuck is it legal to patent living beings?! Why is he not talking about Monsanto? It's not like EVERYONE has to eat food on a daily basis, just in order to survive Oh. Wait. It is!
Benjamin Crane (6 months ago)
Raccoons don’t actually sound like that...
Nick S. (6 months ago)
hes awesome
Sascha (6 months ago)
2018 checking in; no changes, this is still a problem.
FF 2016 (6 months ago)
tbh abolish patents
pittkidd2008 (6 months ago)
I want to be a patent troll how do I get started?
Wendy Pippin-Yarberry (6 months ago)
pittkidd2008 I know right??
jank daddy (6 months ago)
who are the DUMBASSES approving these patents? wtf.
Micah Miranda (6 months ago)
Had to rewatch the raccoon part a few times...
Jeremy Lambert (6 months ago)
intellectual property in technological areas should be largely a non-issue all the manufacturer has to do is not release the source code of their program and it becomes a lot harder to just copy it. in the event that it is copied, then assuming the company has already garnered somewhat of a client base then they should be fine, youtube has a million clones, but youtube is the most popular because it delivers a better user experience and has an established client base it's the same with google, facebook, or tinder. they aren't selling technology, they are selling a user experience, and they will only get knocked down if someone creates a compelling alternative or improvement on them, which is healthy competition. in the case of these companies their brand is more valuable than their search engine, video platform, social media outlet or dating app. the only major area where this does not apply is the area of developer tools like adobe after effects, digital animation tools, word processors, video game engines, or computer programming compilers. these tools perform complex tasks and produce a tangible product, as opposed to a service, or user experience. In every other field, there is simply no grounds for arguing that intellectual property be respected, if somebody makes something better, people will use it instead, if somebody can reverse engineer just by looking at it, you haven't done anything special
Saffana Siddiqui (6 months ago)
Now I will be thinking whenever I buy a Samsung product that my money is going to an ice rink in Texas -_-
benekaiwi1 (6 months ago)
These Texas Judges sound like they're on the take.
benekaiwi1 (6 months ago)
Wendy Pippin-Yarberry I'm not naive, I was being sarcastic. No shit there's corruption.
Wendy Pippin-Yarberry (6 months ago)
benekaiwi1 DUH! Don't be so naive... Corruption is alive and well and growing faster than the "upside down"
Jim Lianos (6 months ago)
Open source them ... all of them!!!
WelloBello (6 months ago)
They must be living good in Marshal Texas, all the companies afraid of them and all.
rsr789 (6 months ago)
When society no longer functions, then all is fair game, and thus if a lawyer on behalf of a patent troll threatens to sue which will destroy your livelihood, you threaten their life. They take you to court, you kill them. If society functioned, then the need to resort to violence wouldn't be necessary, but we don't live in that country.
Marcus Nicholsen (6 months ago)
Pragmatus should have become a thing for this show...
Street Guru (6 months ago)
The solution is pretty simple, you just need to abolish all software patents.
Bobby Rare (6 months ago)
Now if only This country knew what it's doing. oh well..... OH WAIT..
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Calisto Hüttich (7 months ago)
Someone should patent patent trolling.
Dana Evans (7 months ago)
Pragmatus is the masculine form of pragmata which in Greek means things or stuff.
Jane Meril (7 months ago)
John Oliver, Raccoon Whisperer
Jerjer B (7 months ago)
Why even respond to the lawsuits? I am honestly asking... what happens if you just ignore a lawsuit?
TheYummyKenshin (7 months ago)
If you don't respond, they win by default and can pretty much get the full value for the case. At that point they can pretty much do whatever to get their money like garnishing your wages.
Klara Ehn (7 months ago)
Do a datingapp episode
Rich Stoddard (5 months ago)
I live in Connecticut I remember seeing that. I started laughing than felt bad for the lady. Connecticut is a shit State fyi Edit: ooo i got high lighted
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Kingofcheese184 (7 months ago)
Jasper Ruysch Should I call an ambulance?
The Poet McTeagle (7 months ago)
JO is an UNFUNNY PRICK !
MrWosull (7 months ago)
Was anyone else surprised that a greater percentage of republicans voted for this bill than democrats. It's sounds like more of a progressive idea, and republicans tend to be anti-regulation in more cases.
You Han (7 months ago)
this is america where u can sue anyone just about anything at anytime. no wonder we keep joking about how all lawyers are going to hell lol
Brandon Davidson (7 months ago)
Thankfully Uniloc's ability to sue people over that "software activation" patent has been disabled completely, because it's been proven legally that they do not actually own any of the software designs that they've been saying they did. https://www.engadget.com/2016/03/26/uniloc-patent-troll-defeated/
Lizzi Gilmore (7 months ago)
OH MY GOD!!! THAT RACCOON IMPRESSION 😂🤣😂🤣 XD 10:00
Travis Pluss (7 months ago)
The government does this too - opt for settling with a major company that broke the law instead of going to trial. The companies don't want to go to trial, because they might then get laws/sanctions put against them by a judge, which has long-term consequences other than just paying out more in a settlement one-time. America has lost it's third branch of government due to the process John speaks of.
Malcolm's vapeing life (7 months ago)
Actually we should just get rid of patents all together with so companies can compete to give us the best surface and price
Malcolm's vapeing life (7 months ago)
RZU 147 hey that's fine you have that right if you'd like to have an intelligent debate about this topic I would be glad to have that debate
RZU 147 (7 months ago)
Malcolm's vapeing life Yea i know. I just wanted to shit about the usa.
Malcolm's vapeing life (7 months ago)
RZU 147 that makes no sense what does that have to do with anything
RZU 147 (7 months ago)
Malcolm's vapeing life You mean like the us is spying and steeling all around the world? It does not seem that you care about thjs shit.
Dani Rhys (7 months ago)
I found my true love on Tinder. Take that John Oliver!

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