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Patents: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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Tyrankoos (18 hours ago)
profit motivation is the worst motivation .
Hyper Sonic (1 day ago)
6:00 So guilty until proven innocent, and extortion is legal. So many patents are so vague they should be thrown out.
Itsyogirl Bella (5 days ago)
Phil Email (7 days ago)
90% or more of almost any case settles before trial. In the legal profession we consider trial to be the last option. You always prepare for trial but avoid it the best you can.
BorisaRed (8 days ago)
They are showing all the things wrong with their system, yes the system THEY created. They then blame you, in order to bring in the "new and improved" system which is already kicking into action now. Of course the "new and improved" system will be largely just the same as the old one, but a little bit worse. And remember, all this 3 or 5 million dollars crap, its all fake, just like their law system, its just fake numbers on computer database systems transferring
Mohammed R (13 days ago)
Pragmatus reminded me of Conan O'Brien
hechristie (14 days ago)
I first read this is as “Parents” not “Patents” and I was so excited for John Oliver to discuss parenting in his usual John Oliver fashion.
Gui Srtr (16 days ago)
Eric Hill (16 days ago)
BIG IDEA.CBD CIGARETTES it is extracting CBD from marijuana in order to have THC less Weed. This product will appear as a normal cigarette but cure anxiety and cancer as the person smokes. Better than anything on the market. New idea from yours truly I just want to help. No 💰 some can be very rich off this. Fuck a patient that Illuminati shit. Gods fighting back
Aaron Barreras (19 days ago)
Racoons lmao
Arsya Utomo (20 days ago)
Does anyone here from marshal?
Nicolas (24 days ago)
hey man they are using it....!
Nadiah Aiman (1 month ago)
I just kept laughing. Wow. God, John Oliver and the show team, thank you for existing
Anyone looking for filing a patent application in India? Please watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2NRcxVcVik
Daemoncles RatHeir (1 month ago)
"The Lord of Illusions": Don't be surprised when a race of pan-dimensional super-intelligent beings comes out on Valentine's Day and tell you to sell your own hippie products and is carrying "Disquisitiones Arithemeticae."  Don't be surprised when they/we don't join the march against sexuality and instead participate, or drink coffee and smoke cigarettes.  I do those in lieu of a much worse alternative.  The world is filled with losses and gains and instead, I support independent thinking and an understanding of losses and gains.  The world is dangerous and is not all gains.  I am not saint and don't be surprised when I read Dawkin's "The Selfish Gene" or join the march against religion and become skeptical of his work.  Don't be surprised when I/we dig in the works of antimony and alchemy and support Pasteur or gold.  Don't be surprised when I support entertainment you disagree with, or change the channel or leave it off.  I'm not a coddle agent, a care-rep, or get paid by "Zeus Juice."  I agree, this is dangerous and I spent the morning measuring and carrying a tanto dagger and trying to find a reason not to date forever.  Don't ask me about a Trump wall for fear I will go insane with schizophrenia as I already have in the past.  You can find an alternative rep, or many on my side, but most won't say anything.  I know that type.  They deny the whole system like its traditions are foolery without even digging into it, then are surpised when it cracks down on them.  I prefer to get my hands dirty.  We can't just move in Tesla without a system and no safety net, and I doubt they even read Tesla, etc., etc., etc...this is dangerous and they don't live in a vacuum anyway.  Get out of here.  Just "Imagine" if the world was all Tesla mice.  I don't support marijuana because that is the active ingredient mixed with peace-monkey and I prefer just the peace-monkey, okay?  You're going to find that Tesla mice are much, much more dangerous.  Global warming is b.s. because we are like a pin on the earth mathematically as a population.  They would have us live in a dangerous hippie commune, or something.  The truth is that God and religion are much too dangerous and they will not stop there.  I know these kinds of gifted students.  I am a much safer alternative.  Don't let them take the grit out of your soup because they can handle it. For example, on "Big Bang Theory", Amy is much more dangerous than Sheldon. They will invent and give themselves a form of psychopathy or sociopathy in order to satisfy their most wanton desires. NK.
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N. Martínez (1 month ago)
You can’t get a patent if the specifications are vague. They need to enable a person of ordinary skill in the art to make or use the invention without excessive research. Getting a patent is not as easy John make it sound here. It usually takes 2-3 years to get it, if you’re lucky.
Nico Faderbauer (1 month ago)
Just for the Uniloc thing ( 2:12 ), Niantic has the same patent with the word geo squished in between.
nukestrom (1 month ago)
Fact: Harry Reid blocked a bipartisan bill that would have effectively curb patent troll problem back in 2015 and he's a democrat. Do you know that someone got a patent for swinging sideways in a swing? Yeah, so if you post a photo of your kid swinging sideways then you are infringing their fucking patent. How the fuck they get such patents? How about a patent for intercourse because I don't think it was patented by anyone? So each time you fuck you pay the troll a fee.
Rus Trevurza (1 month ago)
I should patent air...
Mickey McGowan (1 month ago)
7:48 yeah a big straw thats what theyd use the pipe for...
Justin Burton (1 month ago)
1.5k lawyers in Marshal, Texas don't like this video
Justin Burton (1 month ago)
As a graphic designer, we have this problem with copyright trolls now. Copyrighting every stupid word in the dictionary and then trying to enforce it. USPTO needs to get their #*$# straight.
9:07 Who names their kid Rhapsody?!?!?!
Peege-ay Clarke (2 months ago)
Greatest Raccoon impression EVER
Dusty Roads (2 months ago)
I own the patent for the process of hydration and/or nutrition via the consumption of fluids. The next time you drink water, eat soup, or have a smoothie or protein shake, you can send me $0.25. Thanks!
MarbleSwan666 (2 months ago)
I have a patent on the letter n! Btw you need to change your name to johgh oliver
whatwhen999 (2 months ago)
oh please...... tinder has probably created a few unwanted kids
MR Farina (2 months ago)
john oliver better watch out i heard that cat dance is patented
Fredrik Dunge (3 months ago)
It's kind of a dick move the whole "Unless you have a patent" considering Patents are really expensive, half the reason they go there is probably so they can get one.
Føkka gaming (3 months ago)
Any X-plane fans here?
shara30000 (3 months ago)
This is what the 35 USC 101 law is meant for. To avoid the preemption of standard processes
Isaac Cole (3 months ago)
patents in America were originally 10 cents
Questionable Object (3 months ago)
Patents are the death of innovation.
PoorlySkydiving (3 months ago)
John Oliver and hbo were then sued by companies for filming this episode because it appeared on a computer monitor.
LasseBB (3 months ago)
Austin Meyer that were shortly featured around the 1:50 mark made his own documentary about his patent lawsuit and and how these patent trolls operate and how they are connected to the senate and so forth. The movie goes by the name The Patent Scam and are defiantly worth 2 hours of your time, so check it out :D
Steven Madara (3 months ago)
Wait what if you can kick general pattons ass bc your a floating ghost If they can make one LayinApe If they can make two humans Ma Tricks
Steven Madara (3 months ago)
Nvm just got tips from inventor lee.live stream
Steven Madara (3 months ago)
Kevin Probably Meoowwww
Steven Madara (3 months ago)
Steven Madara (3 months ago)
Raka Pratama (3 months ago)
These patent troll need to be shot, cut their tounge, and then shot the tounge
Nathan Froese (3 months ago)
In Canada if you bring a law suit against someone and you lose you havetio pasty their legal fees... Strange how this stuff dosen't happen as much here...
Do My Nails (4 months ago)
I must've time traveled to watch this video cause the timing for me 3 years later is so appropriate. I told my friend about you mentioning settling without a lawyer. But in his case, there might be royalties involved that could go on indefinitely, so even $700.000 would probably be a drop in the bucket. Just a guesstimate my friend was talking about.
Do My Nails (4 months ago)
The raccoon/garbage can challenge was made into a cartoon in a series because I told all of my friends how my ex would wake up every morning to do battle with the same raccoons for toppling the same cans over even though he secured the tops with the same bungee cords. It became so ridiculous that I even suggested that he buy new bungee cords. Somehow he thought using the same thing, but changing the color would give you different results.
Rachel Marie-Pfeifer (4 months ago)
This happened to the youtuber couple h3h3productions when fighting for fair use on youtube and other platforms. They fought the case, and won so they set a legal precedent for not getting bullied around by anyone on youtube that doesnt like if you say their name funny in a video.
Hagi (4 months ago)
Why aren't the patent trolls forced to pay the legal costs if they lose? Isn't that possible in US law?
JohnFruscianteMarkLa (5 months 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 months ago)
Can't you counter sue?
Gustav Fritz (5 months 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 (5 months ago)
I would like to patent the process of submitting a baseless patent lawsuit,
Aram Alatrash (5 months ago)
So that company buying all the rights to youtube free music is basically the same scam?
Allen Janz (5 months ago)
Mr. Oliver could patent an "explanation of reality that is both funny and explanatory".
ILPilot (5 months ago)
Any X-Plane users here?
barry dingle (6 months ago)
Camera truck runs stop sign at 7:26
Demetri pics (6 months 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 (6 months ago)
Patent hearings have juries?
Oengus Fearghas (6 months 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 (6 months ago)
What are trolls?? Are they like Not good looking people using the Internet???????
ReconstructedBeauty (6 months ago)
This show has such a twist....
Punita Karani (6 months ago)
Dana Nathan (6 months ago)
1k pantent trolls
Larissa Stevenson (6 months ago)
What the hell was the cat dude's shoulder dance?!?!? I laughed so hard I cried!!
Carlos Diaz (7 months ago)
the big problem of have an idea is the patent they have to simplify the way to do it
Mandi pants (7 months ago)
Caroline Assaf (7 months ago)
I need a compilation of all the episodes where our dear John Oliver impersonates raccons !
Investing Book Summaries (7 months ago)
lol nice
British Nerd (7 months ago)
So, it's dragons den?
Claire Sun (7 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 (7 months ago)
Friendly Human (7 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 (7 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 (8 months ago)
Can I patent air?
Notta Reelname (8 months ago)
Magnus Francis (8 months ago)
He is so not funny
Joseph 1960 (8 months ago)
what about in UK? if i invent something and move to U.K. Patent my invention there....
Cai Jones (8 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 (8 months ago)
That's why china is defeating US in innovation. They don't have any working patent system
pianoforme122 (8 months ago)
America is one sick corporate country..
Chadrach William (8 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.
Itai Eiron (8 months ago)
HB 223 (9 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
"It's like building a bowling alley in space. " 👏👏😂😆
Arun Sharma (9 months ago)
why do the audience feel the need to applaud everything
destructorinator (9 months ago)
There is another job that has no patents. Prostitution.
DiverGaming (9 months ago)
Silicon valley?
oron61 (9 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 (9 months ago)
Nintendo loves to stomp on those f*ing patent trolls. Beautiful stuff.
Danica Torgerson (9 months ago)
When he impersonated the racoons I died of laughter
christian macri (9 months ago)
I wonder how many patent trolls are Jewish
Wookie Chu (9 months ago)
i cant click on any buttons at the end of this video!? wtf?
Dhaval Shukla (9 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 (9 months ago)
I patented the alphabet everyone in the comment section is getting sued by me
Mark Douglas (10 months ago)
*busts out raccoon impression* this dude is so funnyyy lol
Nic Wow (10 months ago)
And then there was Public Domain and Open Source...........
Sarah Quill (10 months ago)
I take it Shark Tank is some cheesy Yankee version of Dragons Den?
Negroitis Shmitzler (10 months ago)
the cat guy looks like Edward snowden
Bslites (10 months ago)
I know that it’s not really relevant but Shark Tank is a blatant theft of Dragons Den
Lynn Wilhoite (10 months ago)
Rhapsody! That name just makes you want to slap somebody silly.
Rennis Tora (10 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 (10 months ago)
Ian Curtis (10 months ago)
I lost it with a bowling alley in space🤪
Heavy Object (10 months ago)
If only America law and court actually works this wouldn’t have happened

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