from the there-should-be-a-law... dept
There should be a law against filing frivolous patent suits. That’s the only way we’re ever going to stop things like the following ridiculous set of patent lawsuits. There’s a company that owns a few patents that they claim shows they own ecommerce. If you sell anything on the web, they feel you owe them a licensing fee. They’re looking for $30,000. They handpicked 11 different small e-commerce sites to go after first. This is, of course, a form of blackmail. For most companies to fight this in court, it will cost them more than $30,000. So, the “smart” thing for a small company to do is to just settle – and this lawyer will go on threatening more companies and raking in the money. Luckily, some people realize the fight is worth it, and are taking the company on – but it’s not likely to stop them from doing the same exact thing again with some other ridiculous patents.