Wi-Fi Patent Troll Won't Sue Individual Users...Yet
After Cashing in On Coffee Shops, Hotels and Restaurants
For some time a patent troll company by the name of Innovatio has been suing coffee shops, grocery stores, restaurants and hotels -- insisting they're violating their patents. The company claims to hold a bevy of overly broad patents they insist cover essentially any implementation of Wi-Fi. Right now, the company is following what's become a fairly standard patent troll approach -- sending out settlement letters in volume to a large number of smaller players, telling them they can avoid any legal problems if they just settle for the rock bottom price of between $2,300 and $5,000. To maximize their patent troll money making potential, the group hints they may or may not someday focus on residential users
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Matt3All noise, no signal.Premium
|reply to Kearnstd |
Re: How is this Legal?
said by Kearnstd:If the patent is active and covers the technology in use, they can sue whomever is using the technique the patent covers, even an end-user.
This would be like some relative of Willis Carrier finding out they still have an active patent for Air Conditioning and suing any building using an AC unit.
How can they legally threaten or sue someone for plugging in a box? you do not need a license from anyone to use wifi just the electronics and a power and data source.
If they really thought they could win in court and the patent validity would be upheld, they would go after the manufacturers (Cisco/Linksys, Netgear, D-Link, Belkin) but they don't have pockets that deep, so they are going after the little guys who can't afford the court system.
Not only does our patent system need reformation, (some of which was recently signed into law), but so does the civil court system.