Staying with my patent theme for the week, I noticed Etan Horowitz’s interview with Celebration, FL-based Channel Intelligence CEO, Rob Wight. Channel Intelligence recently filed lawsuits against a variety of ecommerce companies, claiming patent infringement on some of their list technology.
I don’t know all the details, but I appreciate Rob’s core sentiment:
“When someone comes in and develops something that steals one of your core ideas, it’s incumbent on the company to protect its core technology.”
As you can see from Etan’s questions, and other blogosphere chatter, there are plenty of skeptics about CI’s stance, particularly as it relates to “wishlists” seen on a variety of ecommerce sites, for a number of years. Although Rob was hesitant to say much, you can tell he is anchoring on a broad reading of “multi-sourced” lists. Unfortunately, when patents get written too broadly, it can actually make them weaker to enforce…stay tuned…