Some Dude Wants £40m For a Patent Protecting the Distribution of URLs via SMS

By Jamie Condliffe on at

There are a lot of sad sights at CES. But Robert Sanchez telling an empty room about his plans to sell a patent, that details delivery of URLs via text message, for £40m has to be one of the most desperate.

Technology Review reports that Sanchez, an entrepreneur and CEO of GlabalTel Media explained that "Someone's infringing on us probably three to four million times a day." He was speaking to an audience of less than 20 in a room at the Venetian Hotel and Casino. At least five of those people were colleagues of Sanchez.

Poor Robbie.

He is, apparently, planning to convince Facebook, Twitter, Google, or some other big internet player to buy U.S. patent 8,073,895, titled "System and method for delivering web content to a mobile device." That seems optimistic. His named price of £40 million seems even more optimistic.

According to Technology Review, during the press conference, Sanchez muttered "I've never done this before, it's an experiment." Damn right it's an experiment, Robbie. [Technology Review]

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