It may be too soon to say that the tide is turning, but EMC and Carbonite have become the latest IT companies to beat off a high-profile patent lawsuit. Law360 reports that EMC and Carbonite had their win on the basis of the validity of the patents. The suit started in August 2010 when Oasis Research accused 17 companies of …
Oasis "Research" (NPE)
Doesn't sound like they do much of that.
A Texas court invalidated a patent?
What, was I abducted by aliens and transported to some weird parallel Earth or something?
I wish it were because of common sense. They were invalidated because other writers weren't credited. IE, it was invalidated not because it was bleeding obvious, but because of a technicality.
"Cisco revealed that it spends $US50 million annually fighting off.............."
One company has to have that kind of anti-troll spend? JHC! If we needed any further proof of the pernicious effects of the NPE-parasites, the amount that Cisco alone has to spend annually to defend itself against these kinds of attacks would be it.
Re: "Cisco revealed that it spends $US50 million annually fighting off.............."
Their revenue is $50 _billion_ a year, so it's only one-tenth of one percent. Say you make $50,000 a year, you'd be spending $50 a year on those nuisance claims, in their position.
They spend more than that on Cisco Live!, their conventions.
"Oasis is a 'non-practising entity'(NPE), as patent trolls are called in polite circles."
No. In polite circles such as Oasis (and IV) are likely to be described in terms that are polite euphemisms for the scumbags that they are. They are called NPE's primarily by the attorneys who represent them.
Tide turning? TIDE TURNING??? ON A TECHNICALITY!
The tide will be turning when DEATH SENTENCES ARE ISSUED FOR THESE ATTEMPTS TO HOMESTEAD THE SPACE OF IDEAS.
Hum, the term 'claim jumper' comes to mind.
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