Tag Archive for MPHJ

IPR Successes: Scan-To-Email Defeated By Scanner Makers

In the pantheon of infamous patent trolls, MPHJ is near the top.  MPHJ drew attention for their habit of mailing demand letters to anyone they thought might possibly have infringed their scan-to-email patent.  This drew so much attention that, ultimately, they were sued by Vermont’s State Attorney General.  MPHJ’s tactics were also one of the…

A Bad Week For Patent Trolls

The courts have not been kind to patent trolls lately. There were recent big decisions affecting Intellectual Ventures, MPHJ, and Rockstar. IV’s Patents Not So Great, Says Judge As you may remember, Intellectual Ventures sued a bunch of banks for patent infringement because that’s where the money was. Well, the first case, against Capital One,…

MPHJ Aims at FTC, Shoots Foot?

MPHJ is probably the most notorious bottom feeder troll, threatening thousands of small businesses who might own scanners that scan documents and email them. It’s been so active that it’s drawn fire from the attorneys general in Vermont, Minnesota, and Nebraska. New York recently joined the fray, negotiating a settlement with MPHJ that requires the…

Trolls Aren’t Welcome in Lake Wobegon

We all know the virtues of Garrison Keillor’s Lake Wobegon, a mythical town in rural Minnesota “where are the women are strong, all the men are good looking and all the children are above average.”  Well now we know something more, although the people are friendly and unceasingly humble, they aren’t hospitable to patent trolls.…

Roundup of This Week’s Patent News: July 12 Edition

And we’re back, after taking last week off for the Fourth of July.  Here’s what you need to know about patent news this week: On Tuesday, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), co-sponsor of the SHIELD Act, had an op-ed in The Hill in which he summarized the pervasive patent troll problem, pointing out statistics from James…