Patent Hoarder Caught Shuffling Patents Around Has To Pay $4 Million

from the hoarding-doesn't-always-pay dept

You may recall earlier this month that we wrote about Erich Spangenberg, who had set up a series of shell corporations for patent hoarding (and suing). Unfortunately, it appears he got greedy after a big win against DaimlerChrysler. As part of that settlement, he agreed not to sue the automaker again over the same issues -- but by using the various shell corporations, he had a different shell sue Daimler. Daimler saw this as a violation of the settlement and sued back. Now comes the news that Spangenberg has lost and has to pay nearly $4 million in legal fees to Daimler. It's good to see courts finally pushing back on some of the overreaching by patent holders.


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    Serves em right, Jun 23rd, 2008 @ 5:06am

    Will this discourage the practise ?

    2.3 - 4 = -1.7

    Ha Ha

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 23rd, 2008 @ 5:30am

    Yessssss!

     

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    ehrichweiss, Jun 23rd, 2008 @ 6:15am

    Somehow I bet that we're still going to hear from angry chick, err, dude about how the American people are ruining the great patent system that almost awarded him his almost patent(s).

     

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    Willton, Jun 23rd, 2008 @ 6:31am

    Wrong issue

    This is not about overreaching patent holders; this is about a litigant breaching the terms of his settlement. He deserves to get punished as such.

     

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    eleete, Jun 23rd, 2008 @ 6:59am

    The Patent

    Is the patent still intact though ? He can simply sue Ford or Chevy to get the $$
    Yep It's still a broken system then.

     

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    bored, Jun 23rd, 2008 @ 7:06am

    About damn time.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 23rd, 2008 @ 11:13am

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA

    HA!!!!!!!!!


    oh, Did I say "HA HA HA HA H AH AHA HA AHA HAH AHHA"!!!!!!!!!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 24th, 2008 @ 5:31am

    Re: Wrong issue

    Willton -> This is not about overreaching patent holders; this is about a litigant breaching the terms of his settlement. He deserves to get punished as such.

    Yes, but this is above and beyond, over the top, and hey - wait a minute - it was committed by an over reaching patent hoarder.

    Its not just a violation of the terms, it is continuing to do what they were suppose to stop doing. Contempt ?

     

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