"Big Red tells us it immediately plans to appeal"
In which case, I sincerely hope that the same Big Red goes on to lose and wastes $$$ on expensive lawyers' fees.
Within the past decade, we've seen the growth of two types of unsavoury law suits. The first is companies vs. patent trolls and the second is companies vs. other companies over patent infringements.
It's got to the stage where I think something ought to be done about these vexatious cases, for example, the holding of a preliminary hearing in any patent case to determine whether there is a valid claim where there's also a public interest case for proceeding otherwise the complaint gets firmly shut down at an early stage.