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In The Stupid Patent Advertising Category

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It’s DNC time in Denver and all kinds of weird advertisements are popping up all over the place, including the airport.  My partner Jason sent me a photo of this one today with the heading "Puke".

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I put this in the "you’ve got to be fucking kidding me" category.  Let’s break it down.  Here are the messages:

  • Life Liberty and the Pursuit of More Patents
  • Averaging 2 Patent Applications Per Day
  • Official Wireless provider for the Democratic National Convention

Let me guess – AT&T is positioning themselves as a key supporter of no patent reform.  Or, maybe AT&T is positioning themselves as key advocators of patenting everything under the sun.  Maybe they are advocating that they should give their engineers bonuses for every patent they file.  Maybe they are trying to say that a good democracy has lots and lots of patents.  What ARE they trying to say?

Regardless we know that big companies can submit lots and lots of patents.  Hey AT&T – two applications per day isn’t actually all that many anymore!  How about telling us about some of the real innovation you are doing. 

Actually, can you just spend some time improving your 3G network so my iPhone calls don’t drop as often?

  • tim stephens

    i think they meant two patent applications per day per engineer … no wonder their rates are so high and service sucks – they are too busy filing frivolous patents on their bullshit services.

  • http://friendfeed.com/isthisstupid Stupid Blogger

    ATT = why I don't even want an iphone. They sux, and it has nothing to do with their service/coverage.

  • Steve Bergstein

    Well, they didn't say “two software patents per day.”

    Maybe their message is “We're an innovative American company, we're supporting the DNC, and you should protect us and our interests because we're good for America.”

  • http://observationists.blogspot.com/ Allen Sligar

    I just dropped AT&T and got rid of my 8525, based on pricing, billing practices, horrible CS for my office land lines….the list goes on. I went back to T-mobile, good call quality and rates. I miss my HTC 8525 but I'm working on an Android project anyway and will be getting a dream…

  • Bradley Joyce

    news flash, all old guard telecoms and media companies suck, in every category and always will :-)

  • Michael Beirne

    I saw this on my family trip to Denver last week – and immediately thought of you brad and your patent crusade and laughed out loud. I was wondering when this would make your blog!

    Hmmm, more patents, bigger government, more waste, need for even more bureaucracy.. sounds like the Dem convention is the right target audience for AT&Ts message though. :-)

  • Mark Van Buskirk

    It's not just stupid software patents, it's stupid hardware patents too. I was recently served notice by this patent troll ( http://www.wi-lan.com) that we were violating their patents simply because we RESELL a wireless USB adapter that PLUGS into a USB port on the wireless digital picture frames we manufacture.

    It appears they can't touch the Asian manufactures that actually make the wireless device(s), so they try to attach to anyone simply selling or using the technology. The whole system is so, so broken, yet nobody can seem to change the status quo. Why? It's absolutely killing product innovation in this country.

  • cdscurto

    Two things that drive me nuts are patent trolls and people who are assigned patents for things they can only think up but have no idea how to build. I actually had a man in my office who had patented a design/drawing that was nothing more than the screen goes here, the nav here, the credit card swipe here. No technology, no technical design, no interface, no software…a drawing! This has to change. You can't assign a patent just because Billy-bob had a good crayon moment.

  • http://www.qolfe.com Giulio

    Euhm…iphone calls keep dropping all the time everywhere on the planet, Italy, Holland. I am afraid the problem is not ATT, but sadly the Iphone…

  • http://www.kidmercuryblog.com kid mercury

    the open economy is not exactly best buds with at&treason, everyone's favorite telecom that sends all your data to the NSA (flashback: http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/news/200…). fortunately, constitution-violating, freedom-hating companies like at&treason will soon meet their demise as the open economy progresses towards its destiny of creating economic liberty and data portability.

    on the subject of the DNC, check out the concentration camps that have been setup for protestors: http://www.infowars.com/?p=3979

    if you see those camps being put to use, be sure to take a picture with your phone and send it everyone over at&t's lines. after all, no one supports treason like at&t! )

  • Bobby Martyna

    I doubt this is an official AT&T campaign (try googling it).

    I think it's an anti-patent, anti-AT&T message from someone clever enough to pwn the DIA folk.

    Has to be the case. And if so, it's evident from the this blog entry and the comments that it's been quite effective.

  • zoobab

    If you look at the bottom, it is “AT&T Intellectual Property”, not “AT&T”. Which means that it is a patent company, which does not produce anything.

  • Allen Sligar

    I just dropped AT&T and got rid of my 8525, based on pricing, billing practices, horrible CS for my office land lines….the list goes on. I went back to T-mobile, good call quality and rates. I miss my HTC 8525 but I'm working on an Android project anyway and will be getting a dream…

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/steve_bergs2127 steve_bergs2127

    Well, they didn't say "two software patents per day."

    Maybe their message is "We're an innovative American company, we're supporting the DNC, and you should protect us and our interests because we're good for America."

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bradleyjoyce bradleyjoyce

    news flash, all old guard telecoms and media companies suck, in every category and always will :-)

  • tim stephens

    i think they meant two patent applications per day per engineer … no wonder their rates are so high and service sucks – they are too busy filing frivolous patents on their bullshit services.

  • Michael Beirne

    I saw this on my family trip to Denver last week – and immediately thought of you brad and your patent crusade and laughed out loud. I was wondering when this would make your blog!

    Hmmm, more patents, bigger government, more waste, need for even more bureaucracy.. sounds like the Dem convention is the right target audience for AT&Ts message though. :-)

  • Mark Van Buskirk

    It's not just stupid software patents, it's stupid hardware patents too. I was recently served notice by this patent troll (http://www.wi-lan.com) that we were violating their patents simply because we RESELL a wireless USB adapter that PLUGS into a USB port on the wireless digital picture frames we manufacture.

    It appears they can't touch the Asian manufactures that actually make the wireless device(s), so they try to attach to anyone simply selling or using the technology. The whole system is so, so broken, yet nobody can seem to change the status quo. Why? It's absolutely killing product innovation in this country.

  • Bobby Martyna

    I doubt this is an official AT&T campaign (try googling it).

    I think it's an anti-patent, anti-AT&T message from someone clever enough to pwn the DIA folk.

    Has to be the case. And if so, it's evident from the this blog entry and the comments that it's been quite effective.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Giulio Giulio

    Euhm…iphone calls keep dropping all the time everywhere on the planet, Italy, Holland. I am afraid the problem is not ATT, but sadly the Iphone…

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/kidmercury kidmercury

    the open economy is not exactly best buds with at&treason, everyone's favorite telecom that sends all your data to the NSA (flashback: http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/news/200…). fortunately, constitution-violating, freedom-hating companies like at&treason will soon meet their demise as the open economy progresses towards its destiny of creating economic liberty and data portability.

    on the subject of the DNC, check out the concentration camps that have been setup for protestors: http://www.infowars.com/?p=3979

    if you see those camps being put to use, be sure to take a picture with your phone and send it everyone over at&t's lines. after all, no one supports treason like at&t! )

  • cdscurto

    Two things that drive me nuts are patent trolls and people who are assigned patents for things they can only think up but have no idea how to build. I actually had a man in my office who had patented a design/drawing that was nothing more than the screen goes here, the nav here, the credit card swipe here. No technology, no technical design, no interface, no software…a drawing! This has to change. You can't assign a patent just because Billy-bob had a good crayon moment.

  • zoobab

    If you look at the bottom, it is "AT&T Intellectual Property", not "AT&T". Which means that it is a patent company, which does not produce anything.

  • Michele

    Really, what the heck are they trying to say?

    The use of the word "patient" looks similar to "patient" and is included in a sentence that lays over a graphic of America…. This might have been a strategic attempt for the public to stop and reread this ad, but the payoff kills it all.

    Where was the placement of this ad?

    • Michele

      Really, what the heck are they trying to say?

      The use of the word "patient" looks similar to "patient" and is included in a sentence that lays over a graphic of America…. This might have been a strategic attempt for the public to stop and reread this ad, but the payoff kills it all.

      Where was the placement of this ad?

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