Patent Dispute Means SanDisk Can Only Show Photos Of New MP3 Players
from the patents-and-innovation dept
Another interesting point is that Sisvel seems to defend themselves by pointing to everyone else who licensed their patents in the past: "It means that the 600 companies, the biggest ones, who have taken a license, they are stupid, because all of the other have paid." This goes back to the question some asked last week about why it matters to other firms trying to challenge a patent if some companies (especially big name ones) have licensed the patent. While it doesn't actually impact any legal standing, it does put additional pressure on them to settle. Patent holders use the fact that others licensed the patent in the court of public opinion to put pressure on the other companies. That's true even if the calculus from those who licensed the patent is that it's cheaper to just pay up than fight -- even if they don't believe the patents are valid or (if the patents are valid) that they infringe. Having other companies license the patents makes people believe that they must be valid, even if they are not.