Inventor Involved In Patent Troll Tracker Lawsuit Arrested For Weapons Stockpiling
from the exactly-what-the-founding-fathers-had-in-mind dept
Sometimes you come across stories so odd, you just don’t know how to classify them. You may have heard, recently, about the New England man, Gregory Girard, who was arrested for illegal weapons stockpiling in his home. The guy, who claimed that he believed Armageddon was quickly approaching, had recently told his wife both, “It’s fine to shoot people in the head because traitors deserve it,” and “Don’t talk to people, shoot them instead.” Not surprisingly, he’s being held without bail for being too dangerous.
So, what does that have to do with stuff we write about here? As noted at The Prior Art, Girard is the inventor and claimed patent holder at the center of the high-profile patent infringement lawsuit that involved Rick Frenkel, who had been the anonymous guy behind the still greatly missed Patent Troll Tracker blog. As you may recall, Frenkel was sued for defamation in East Texas, after he had questioned the legitimacy of a date change on a patent lawsuit filed against Cisco (where Frenkel worked at the time). Basically, the lawsuit appeared to have been filed the day before the patent was granted and then, magically, the date changed. The lawyers involved suggested it was an honest mistake, but others suspected otherwise.
Either way, Frenkel’s case settled, and (separately) the judge just recently tossed out the patent infringement lawsuit against Cisco that resulted in all of this, after realizing that it appeared that Girard and the holding company he had set up for lawsuits involving this patent didn’t actually own the patent in question. Girard had developed the invention while employed by another company, which was working on similar technology, and Girard’s own employment agreement said he would automatically assign any inventions over to the company. Still, during the lawsuit, Girard’s lawyers tried to play him up as an All-American inventor:
“Mr. Girard is exactly what the founding fathers had in mind when they penned the Patent Clause in the basic Article I of the U.S. Constitution.”
But perhaps not what they had in mind when they penned the rest of the Constitution.