May 27, 2003

eBay: did it need to lose?

So eBay loses its patent suit. Did it need to? I mean, there's plenty of prior art. Hell, I built an online auction system in 1991 and 1992. MercExchange, the plaintiff in the eBay case, didn't even exist then. I even hired a programmer to help build the database back-end. The system, written in C and using my old company's CocoTalk API C library and COCONET server and client software, enabled sellers to post items online for sale, and buyers to bid on those items and then settle the transaction. Sounds like the "electronic marketplace" that MercExchange claims they invented.... a few years later. eBay has boasted that it is defending itself "vigorously" in this and other pending cases. I wonder why they deemed the auction system my company built for a client in 1992 immaterial to their defense. Oh well. Posted by brian at May 27, 2003 04:15 PM

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