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Patents: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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For inventors, patents are an essential protection against theft. But when patent trolls abuse the system by stockpiling patents and threatening lawsuits, businesses are forced to shell out tons of money. Connect with Last Week Tonight online... Subscribe to the Last Week Tonight YouTube channel for more almost news as it almost happens: www.youtube.com/user/LastWeekTonight Find Last Week Tonight on Facebook like your mom would: http://Facebook.com/LastWeekTonight Follow us on Twitter for news about jokes and jokes about news: http://Twitter.com/LastWeekTonight Visit our official site for all that other stuff at once: http://www.hbo.com/lastweektonight Connect with Last Week Tonight online... Subscribe to the Last Week Tonight YouTube channel for more almost news as it almost happens: www.youtube.com/user/LastWeekTonight Find Last Week Tonight on Facebook like your mom would: http://Facebook.com/LastWeekTonight Follow us on Twitter for news about jokes and jokes about news: http://Twitter.com/LastWeekTonight Visit our official site for all that other stuff at once: http://www.hbo.com/lastweektonight
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Kyle Mouttet (2 days ago)
1:57 - are they suing David from Independence Day, also? For that virus he created to disable the mothership? It had that 'NEGOTIATING WITH HOST...' phase. The good Independence Day, not the shitty one.
Alinor24 (14 days ago)
Why does the cat guy even need investors? What does he need the money for? Paper and pens?
Lloyd Pliskin (15 days ago)
Patent: Legally binding dibs
Long Quang (18 days ago)
Can you patent something in the future like holograms or iron man suits, and sue a Tony Stark lol
ZionHillCalling (20 days ago)
Chinese innovations are not patent based but open source. China is focussed on cooperation instead of competition. Ahead of the pack. Y'all lagging behind big time.
Even tech giants such as microsoft have to deal with patent trolls' bullshit. Uniloc sued Microsoft and it was a multi-year court case that must've pissed them off so much.
totallypreposterous (28 days ago)
Just send me a selfie of your dick, I'll draw it and send it back super quick! I draw dick pics!
Aaron Ingebrigtsen (1 month ago)
Human society does not require patent or copyright laws. We got along just fine inventing things and coming up with cool stuff long before the concept of protecting "intellectual property" came around. I say do away with this shyte, along with capitalism. Switch to a Resource Based Economy, and give people the ability to be creative without restrictions. What if we'd had this BS back when the wheel was invented, or fire was discovered? Would there be a mega rich family that controls ALL uses of Fire? Would there be hundreds of non-circular wheels out there because people had to reinvent the wheel so many times to get around having to pay whoever the hell owns the patent on circular wheels?! It's BS and we don't need it.
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Brett S. (1 month ago)
Does anyone remember when Trump tried to patent/copywrite "you're fired" what an ass..
Windy Hawthorn (1 month ago)
I know someone who owns the patent For a building that hasn't been built.They hold it in the US and the country that it's going to be built one day. It's not an idea or concept but the actual blueprints and engineering stuff. I have seen the model he built. And when the actual building is put up it will make a lot of money for someone. But he actually put a lot of work and thought and did what people said was impossible. And he's not even an architect. But I still wonder if someone will try to cheat him.
MOONBOOTSONER (1 month ago)
lol he's so on the money with the methhead in home depot joke
Oddly Wired (1 month ago)
I love John Oliver videos. Packed full of laughs and knowledge. 🤗
Gamu Kamudyariwa (1 month ago)
I can't believe someone was brave enough at Samsung to propose the ice rink idea to their boss. 😂
Tooomps Challenge (1 month ago)
Do we really need patents? We would probably be better off without them...
gryffin laker (1 month ago)
sorry jhon racoon sounds are patented
Jason Denney (1 month ago)
If i had control of that printer situation! I would buy a new printer for them and take that thing to that crazy ass company parking lot and stick as much m80s it can hold and and record it blowing up and then send copies to ceos emails and social media live and the title would be * Heres your $1,000 ************)))))))))))))) Kaboom!!!!!
Jason Denney (1 month ago)
With the $1,000 cash burning too!!!!
Avril Kulbida (1 month ago)
From experience, yes, that is an excellent raccoon impression
first last (1 month ago)
But he can only draw cats? And can't even draw them well.
FaustusFBI 3760 (1 month ago)
Sorry, I'm in psychological recovery temporarily from reading Marlowe's Dr. Faustus.  It's not from just reading the book but from taking each worm like passage out and studying it.  I followed it with an except on Marsupial mice studies as related to dying after sex.  I don't think I can eat the Chinese food and beer I bought on credit.  People may not get this book but it might be the most dangerous work of fiction ever. Considering many people went mad after seeing the play in the 1600s from seeing demons in the theater, I think I'll be alright...
Lucas de Andre (1 month ago)
I’m surprised they didn’t buy or make a patent that essentially describes a patent troll, and then said he was suing some of these companies.
Bobby Han (1 month ago)
Fuck patent trolls. The judge and the lawyers who represent the trolls in that town are all family!
COOKIE! (1 month ago)
Patent trolls are the scum of the earth
Yorgan Yog (1 month ago)
just ridiculous how USA have lobbies. My country it's in just the same way.
Harsh Raj Always free (1 month ago)
I sue u for spitting on ur pen!s everytime u have se× or masturbatin Since I invented it U owe me $10k dollars Pay up fast
Sherrif (1 month ago)
shark tank they call it "proprietary" which, for consumers, is a fancy way of saying "monopoly" What shark tank is wanting out of these people is mostly a way to make it impossible to compete with giving them the monopoly on the idea. Patents are a fancy way of giving rights to the original creator so they don't have to keep improving the product to keep their wealth from that product. We want competition, competition is the key to a free market, but free markets need to be absolutely free, or highly restricted. In an absolutely free market there's no such thing as copyright, or ownership of an idea, it's like if JK rowling writing harry potter gives her the rights to sell her book, but it removes her ability to stop people from writing a harry potter fanfiction and selling it on store shelves next to her series with the Harry Potter name. Imagine, "Harry Potter and the Curious British Muggle on American HBO" can be written by literally anybody, sold and given no royalties or even mention of JK rowling, that's a free market. Since we restrict this we force ourselves into a corner of being a not free market, while not restricting companies that use this lack of freedom to control the market.
Sandra Vanek (2 months ago)
Gangsta-Capitalism
Neomotion Neomotion (2 months ago)
I live in Marshall. That is not the only trails that come here. Tyler Perry loves Marshall as well. 🤣
Phil S (2 months ago)
Too many Lone Rangers.
DaGucka (2 months ago)
In europe you can't patent software. Because it's a mathematical algorythm. But you have the copyright. So when there is enough creative design in a program, you own that design. When someone copies it then you can sue him. With the copyright system creators and their unique creations are protected, but you can't troll people with silly oatents like the "loading screen".
Sora d29 (2 months ago)
He is good but most of your jokes are over extented I noticed it sens his days in who's line it is any way just cut the joke wen they start lafing
Nic DeGrave (2 months ago)
I always wonder what they tell staffers who make up their graphics. If there's a page of expository script with each one or if they just say "Do me one with a guy fucking a watermelon while riding a unicycle down a river of melted Milk Duds" and give them their freedom.
No-Conspiracy No-Jobs (2 months ago)
No Shark Tank, they're lame. Just work a job, & sale Chinese junk on Amazon on the side
Rasitha Senevirathne (2 months ago)
Muricah where we have democracy... when the lobbyists are in favor. Honestly why is lobbying even allowed? Isn’t it just bribery with extra steps?
Amanda Gillespie (2 months ago)
I'm not sure what's better, watching John act like a meth head, or watching him act like a raccoon. Thanks John! Many laughs
Milo Rodriguez (2 months ago)
Man I wish John would've ordered a cat drawing
AGENT X SECURITY (2 months ago)
WERE WAS THE PATTENS , AGENCY . WHEN THE GOVT . TOOK ( NICOLAS TESLA) HARD WORK 😓. ???? .AND COPY IT .? .I DO NOT TRUST THEM .!!!!!! .😎☠️😎📚📖📚💔💰💰💰💰💰💰.....
jarnMod (2 months ago)
China has a solution
Jason (2 months ago)
Holy shit that was funny! Wow.
Easycators (2 months ago)
9:44 OMG that raccoon impression
Snow Cone (2 months ago)
*Good news!* In 2017, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that, and I quote, "a lawsuit alleging patent infringement must be filed where the defendant “resides,” and a corporation resides only in its state of incorporation." This means that patent trolls can no longer constitutionally sue people in the courts of their choosing, so they just all sue you in Marshall, Texas to win! 😊 This is a huge step in the right direction, and it means that if you live in a place like CA, where tech and tech startups are key to the economy, and the politics are generally liberal leaning, you can rest assured that you are unlikely to be threatened, and even if you are, you're probably going to win. However, we still need to address the broader issue at hand here, and people who live in East Texas, for instance, are still in danger. *Please like this comment so that others can see!* https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/supreme-court-makes-it-harder-for-patent-trolls-to-find-friendly-court/2017/05/22/7dba0426-3f20-11e7-adba-394ee67a7582_story.html?utm_term=.227fa3d14c96
rayman3282015 (2 months ago)
East Texas judges and jurors are idiots.
SanchoSanto (2 months ago)
The patent system has always been screwed up. Fine example is th T.V. The original idea was patented by a farmer who created the first model. He tried to find investors but RCA thought it was cheaper just to steal it. The farmer sued but RCA had unlimited amounts of money to just dragg the dispute through court until the farmer was broke. The farmer died broke and RCA flourished.
Jack Savercool (2 months ago)
he should just be a politician at this point he probably does more research than the politicians themselves
thou ist (2 months ago)
Thou isr un patent troll
thou ist (2 months ago)
Thou ist un patent
AJ Miano (2 months ago)
This sounds like another problem that could be solved with a few executions.
Mad Jake Jr. (2 months ago)
There's more REAL NEWS here than the mainstream media.
MarbleSwan666 (2 months ago)
Best patent ive seen: Birthing device by centripetal force. Its what it sounds like, they spin the mom around until the baby pops out due to centripetal force
fexbio (2 months ago)
America needs a mechanism to punish bad faith lawsuits urgent. For us outside, it seems your justice system is just a bunch of breaches in rules to be misused by crooks.
Ulquiorra Cifer (2 months ago)
The solution is simple, if you don't create/sell a product using your patent within 2 years, you lose the patent
Raghav Ramki (3 months ago)
Someone will cure AIDS, but won’t be able to make even a bit of cash off of a discovery. That inventor should keep it until they get their cash before giving it out free
Kuldeep Meena (3 months ago)
Who else thought the title was 'parents'.
Rainbow the wind sage (3 months ago)
So did that law get passed?
kirby march barcena (3 months ago)
@10:00 John gets approval from the raccoon community after seeing this portion of the video.
Natalia Dunyak (3 months ago)
How does this happen? Fortune 500 companies have so much money for lobbying, they can pool money to get rid of these trolls, but I guess they just consider as part of their expenses now. :/
quaqmireful (3 months ago)
When one settles the patent lawsuit, can one carries one using it? Or it has to stop usage altogether?
Nikierra Myers (3 months ago)
John Oliver is like the adult version of ‘Adam Ruins Everything’ but on steroids. Love it .
Dennis Halterman (3 months ago)
The problem here isn’t patent law or even the much maligned “trial lawyer.” The problem is unscrupulous businessmen and women. That won’t be stopped.
Comrade Corbachev (3 months ago)
Thx America for taking him off our hands
Comrade Corbachev (3 months ago)
Thx America for taking him off our hands
Hyper Sonic (3 months ago)
6:00 Counter sue with extortion, trolls should pay huge fees for frivolous lawsuits.
Hyper Sonic (3 months ago)
1:50 I'm sorry, that patent shouldn't exist, obvious ideas should not be patent able.
Luna Lovegood (3 months ago)
This is next level douchery
Conrad Werner (3 months ago)
Scientologist can patent their own graves for all I care...
tiagocardosom (3 months ago)
im gonna patent the process of patenting. now thats fucking genius
l e e (3 months ago)
10:00 Top 10 Most Dangerous Exotic Animals In the USA
xamzax (3 months ago)
I'm sitting here a bit sad because I saw the garbage can joke coming a mile away, but Then he did that thing and said the line "That's a good impression... As far as you know" I love you John Oliver and writing staff. You are all tremendous!
Jacek T (3 months ago)
FALSE!! This is narrative pushed by big tech companies sponsoring 2011 American inventor Act which made US patents worthless. Patent trolls narrative is pushed because with weak patent system big tech can freely exercise so Called " efficient Infringement" stealing IP without paying for it. It helps cement their dominant position on the market. Currently no guy in garage has a chance to survive with new patent because his/her patent is going by quickly "invalidated" by PTAB.(patent office review board) introduced by 2011 IAI law. If you confused see movie " Invalidated" describing the hopeless situation any inventor faces currently in US. Google, Amazon etc need weak patent system to be able dominate the market.
Mo Salah LFC (3 months ago)
Racon time 😂😂😂😂
Add E (3 months ago)
Thought this said Parents not Patents. It was so worth it. Much better than what I thought I was getting.
Lissy London (3 months ago)
OK I had to look up smize and booty tooch.
Please make an episode on DIGITAL NOMADS and DIGITAL MARKETING!!
Captain Phoenix (3 months ago)
"I am Pragmatus, and I shall not battle the Hydra because it is much larger than me."
Jenny Shull (3 months ago)
All comments made on YouTube are irrelevant and imaginary. Good luck debating something that doesn’t exist.
Dman Watchamacallit (3 months ago)
Holy shit I lived in Marshall
Tyrankoos (3 months ago)
profit motivation is the worst motivation .
Hyper Sonic (4 months 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 (4 months ago)
10:00
Phil Email (4 months 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 (4 months 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 (4 months ago)
Pragmatus reminded me of Conan O'Brien
hechristie (4 months 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 (4 months ago)
DYSON
Eric Hill (4 months 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 (4 months ago)
Racoons lmao
Arsya Utomo (4 months ago)
Does anyone here from marshal?
Nicolas (4 months ago)
hey man they are using it....!
Nadiah Aiman (5 months ago)
I just kept laughing. Wow. God, John Oliver and the show team, thank you for existing
Intepat IP (5 months ago)
Anyone looking for filing a patent application in India? Please watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2NRcxVcVik
FaustusFBI 3760 (5 months 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 (5 months 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 (5 months ago)
Just for the Uniloc thing ( 2:12 ), Niantic has the same patent with the word geo squished in between.
nukestrom (5 months 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 (5 months ago)
I should patent air...
Mickey McGowan (5 months ago)
7:48 yeah a big straw thats what theyd use the pipe for...
Justin Burton (5 months ago)
1.5k lawyers in Marshal, Texas don't like this video
Justin Burton (5 months 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 (6 months ago)
Greatest Raccoon impression EVER

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