The New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, has denounced MPHJ's tactics as "abusive," and the new settlement requires paybacks to any New York business who paid for a license. Oddly, though the deal will continue to allow Rust to continue sending licensing letters to New York businesses.
The new letters are signed by MPHJ Technology and Mac Rust and don't include any cash demand or drafted complaints like earlier letters sent out. And a new letter doesn't boast about a "positive response" received from other businesses, since almost none have purchased licenses.
"If you do conclude that you have a system that infringes, we are prepared to offer a license," says the new light-touch "First Letter."
"You may contact us in that instance to discuss that possibility."
The settlement shows that Mac Rust bought the patents from another patent assertion company for one dollar in 2012.