"Kneecaps" I like that word.
So does Tonya Harding.
Actually, I think Carolla, by settling with Personal Audio could have given legitimacy to the patent in the long run, if the EFF hadn't been able to step in with their counter argument. The EFF are the real heroes in this ordeal. While Carolla helped get the word out, he gave up in the end and that could have been highly damaging.
>> I haven't reviewed the PTAP decision and I'm not familiar with the facts of this case,
Yes, this neatly explains why all your statements on the case are completely incorrect.
>>but it looks to me like a classic case where a small guy invented something
Personal Audio invented nothing. The claims made in their patent were already obvious in 1996 as several high profile systems had been launched on the internet which made use of exactly the same technologies the patent claims to invent. This is why the patent office has invalidated the patent. If you had taken 5 minutes to read the ruling you would understand this.
>>The patent was filed in 1996, 5 years before the iPod and the "cottage industry" that developed.
Irrelevant. The specific claims made in the patent were obvious in 1996 on the basis of publicly disclosed technologies/systems at the time.