PublishedSeptember 29, 2014

Roundup of This Week’s Patent News: September 26, 2014 Edition

The big news this week is the pounding that patent trolls have been taking lately.

You may remember MPHJ, perhaps the most notorious patent troll, which sued the FTC for having the nerve to investigate it. Unsurprisingly, MPHJ lost its suit against the FTC.

Lumen View Technology is the patent troll that sued FindTheBest, which then countersued for under the RICO Act for racketeering. Well, Lumen View has given up its appeal and admitted defeat.

Rackspace (which has been very aggressive in fighting patent trolls) also had a major victory against the patent troll Rotatable. Rackspace knocked out Rotatable’s patent through inter partes review.

And an Acacia subsidiary was ordered to pay NetApp’s legal fees after suing on patents that turned out to be licensed already.

Despite the bad week, the trolls keep going. For example, ITUS Corp. sued Apple, claiming to have invented the technology used in Apple’s FaceTime products.

Clearly, it’ll take a lot more than a few losses to deter patent trolling. We still need patent reform!

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Matt Levy

Previously, Matt was patent counsel at the Computer & Communications Industry Association

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