Another day, another story of a company no one's heard of who seems to produce nothing but patents, filing a lawsuit against a ton of companies
in East Texas (of course). This one, sent in by the Bored SysAdmin
, involves a company called The Pacid Group, suing Asus, Samsung, Sony, Sony Ericsson, Fujitsu, LG, Gigabyte, GBT, MSI, Motorola, Research in Motion, Nikon, Microsoft, Nintendo, HTC and Palm, claiming that they all violate two of its patents (5,963,646
) on encryption. While it's often difficult to find any
information on the no name companies who sue big companies for patent infringement, at least The Pacid Group has a website
, where it clearly shows the company's only products: patents.
As we've seen in other similar
lawsuits, the company appears to think that pretty much every bit of modern technology violates its patents. According to the lawsuit, all of the following types of products may violate these patents: laptops, mobile phones, printers, routers, digital cameras, Blu-ray disk players, gaming devices, wireless adapters and portable media players. Now, sure, you could make the claim that all of these companies found these patents from a company no one had heard of, and decided to "copy" the idea into their product. Or, the fact that this basic idea appears in so many places might lead you to conclude that the idea was the natural progression of the technology
and obvious to those skilled in the art
, and thus not deserving of a patent. But that would make sense.