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Tuesday, 04 October 2011 11:13

Wi-Fi could be killed by a troll

Written by Nick Farell

Patents just got even sillier
A new patent troll has appeared on the scene claiming that anyone who runs a wireless Internet has to pay it loads of money. US Innovatio IP Ventures is suing every outfit offers wireless Internet to customers, filing six infringement lawsuits this month against individual branches of some of the country’s largest hotel chains.

So far the outfit has been making claims against coffee shops and department stores. It should not be long before it starts demanding money, with legal menaces, against American home connections.

Matthew McAndrews, a partner at Chicago-based law firm Niro, Haller & Niro, and the lead litigator for Innovatio in its infringement lawsuits said that he is not thinking of doing that “at this stage.” Since March, he has filed 13 infringement suits.

At the moment the outfit demands a one-time lump sum licensing payment between $2,300 and $5,000 from each of the several hundred defendants targeted in its lawsuits, McAndrews said. Some of the defendants have already written cheques to make the case go away.

Most of the patents Innovatio is asserting in its lawsuits were invented in the 1990s and early 2000s, by a bloke called Robert Meier and the late Ronald Mahany. They worked for outfits acquired by Broadcom. The patents changed owners several times but ended up in Innovatio’s hands on February 28, about one week before Innovatio began asserting them in litigation.

However it might not go all Innovatio’s way. Its first batch of law suits triggered retaliation from wireless communications giants Motorola and Cisco. In May, Motorola and Cisco moaned to a court about the patents and asked it to rule that their products don’t infringe, and declare Innovatio’s patents invalid.

More here.

Nick Farell

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+5 #1 The_Countess 2011-10-04 13:17
most big companies hold patents mostly as a defence for when they are attacked by other companies over patents.

if someone attacks your products with patents you attack there products with patents. that thread usually deters the attacker from moving in the first place
so in a way its a bit like MAD (although not so much Assured and more like high risk unpredictable outcome) and on the whole works pretty well to keep innovation going.

patent trolls however do not have products to attack, and are therefore not deterred.

they are the bane on any innovator. they are holding back the whole of the human race.
they need to shot and killed with fire.
+3 #2 thematrix606 2011-10-04 14:33
Somehow I feel Apple is behind this as well... xD
+2 #3 pogsnet 2011-10-04 15:58
Patent trolling blocks innovation. This is similar to anti trust case.

Patents should be abolished for certain time limit. If they don't use their technology then let others use it, coz some companies just exist by paper.
0 #4 Wolfdale 2011-10-04 20:52
u know what the problem for USA is..
with all this patent trolling etc. going on..
companies will and allready are shifting their markets to asia and europe, now you dont hear me complaining as a dutch citizen, but its funny how usa is destroying itself by these kinds of activities..
at some point usa will no longer be "the" biggest market, and companies will no longer bother with usa, since everything u do there will lead to lawsuits and possible destruction of a company.. innovation is being forced away out of the usa, and they did it entirely themselves.. along with some major players who fail to do any innovation on their own.. the next gen technologies will skip usa if those trolls keep being allowed these lawsuit activities
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0 #6 Kryojenix 2011-10-05 13:51
Wasn't WiFi basically invented by CSIRO scientists? (i.e. Au govt.funded public research organisation)

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