This is a lively discussion. I'm on the CHI2009 conference committee
for usability and user experience and I'm proposing a panel with IP
lawyers to discuss patents and other issues that are relevant to
designers and usability practitioners. Aside from the issue of
patents, I would be curious what other legal questions this group has
beyond the debate about patents. For example, there are many
copyright issues like the use of thumbnail images in products and for
usability practitioners there are issues around the use of sweepstakes
as incentives for questionnaires.
Although I realize this may be too little, too late, since I already
posted info about the issues of patents in general...Let me caution
everyone that while you may believe that discussing patents is not an
issue for you -- There is no way to predict whether it may become an
issue in the future. If it is, no lawyer worth his salt will fail to
dig into your past discussions ...and in that case it's too late for
all of us.
First, my apologies to Andrei and anyone else who may be affected by having
links to patents in their email. I had NO idea about the impact.
In response to Josh Seiden who, speaking for the IxDA board, encouraged us
to come up with a plan of action, I'd like to start this new thread. To
anyone taking part in the discussion, please refrain from a discussion of
any patents, posting snippets thereof, or links to patent sites. Thanks!
The purpose of this thread is to discuss not the patent itself or whether
Axure infringed or not, but to discuss our response to this lawsuit as a
I really hope anyone considering iRise reads this before making their final
decision. We're a fairly small community and in general we all play well
together. Given this, it is *amazing* that we have a choice of tools to use.
So this kind of blatant and reprehensible grab for market share (see below)
should not go unnoticed.
Disclosure: While I do not work for Axure, I do have a formal agreement with
them to do training for their clients when they request it. Also, I am
admittedly an Axure fanboy.
The patent system today is a joke. Its badly broken, and we suffer for it.
Both in our work as IxDs and as private consumers. The most ridiculous and
overly broad patents are granted left and right for claims that are
obviously bogus to anyone with any domain knowledge.