While we talk about patents quite a bit around here, one patent lawsuit last year certainly hit quite close to home -- because it focused on a patent related to how analyst firms could do research... and we are (you might recall) an analyst firm
ourselves. In this case, two of the biggest wireless analyst firms faced off
in a lawsuit, after Telephia claimed it held a patent on a method for measuring wireless device and network usage -- basically a way to collect the data used in all kinds of analyst reports. Luckily for all the analyst firms out there who collect data in a variety of ways, the target of the lawsuit, M:Metrics fought back... and succeeded. A judge has dismissed Telephia's patent lawsuit against M:Metrics
along with some stern words for Telephia, noting that the claims have been shown "to be either factually baseless or so highly attenuated that they fail to raise any issue of material fact." Phew. Go on collecting data at will.