Paul Allen's First Attempt At Patent Trolling Flops As He Forgets To Say Who Actually Violated What And How

from the it's-the-details-that-count dept

A lot of folks were pretty surprised back in August when Paul Allen jumped into the patent trolling game, using patents from his failed-over-a-decade-ago research firm, Interval Research, to sue Google, Apple, Facebook, eBay and others over some rather basic concepts. In his first attempt at patent trolling, however, it appears that he forgot to read the patent litigation rulebook. The lawsuit has been dismissed for failure to explain what the various companies actually did that was infringing. Of course, this is not the end of the lawsuit, as he’s free to file an amended complaint (which he almost certainly will), but it certainly suggests some rather sloppy lawyering, which could be an indication of what’s to come.

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Companies: apple, ebay, facebook, google, interval research

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fogbugzd (profile) says:

Failure is always an option.

It may not be sloppy layering. He may be going for a presettlement. His lawyers may have known that they had such a weak claim that they didn’t want to state it explicitly. A lot of IP lawsuits are based on the hope that the defendants will think it is cheaper to settle than it is to fight.

If the plaintiffs had too pay the defendant’s legal fees on summary judgments there would be a lot fewer on these lawsuits no matter whether they were due to a weak case or sloppy lawyering.

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