Rocket Docket Of East Texas Not Fast Enough For Lawsuit Against The Troll Tracker?

from the funny-how-that-works dept

Joe Mullin has all the latest details on the ongoing defamation lawsuit filed by some East Texas lawyers against Rick Frenkel (better known as the Patent Troll Tracker) and his employer Cisco. We covered the original lawsuit earlier this year, but things are getting more complicated. There are some arguments going on over the appropriate venue as well as some questions about legal fees. It seems that one of the lawyers has dropped the case against Frenkel directly to focus just on Cisco, and Frenkel would like his legal fees paid. The suing lawyer disagrees, suggesting that it was a gentlemanly move to drop Frenkel from the case in the first place.

However, perhaps the most amusing part of all of this is that the guy is trying his darndest to keep the lawsuit out of the East Texas district using the argument that the district is too slow because it's all filled up with pending lawsuits -- such as all the patent lawsuits being filed in the so-called "rocket docket." Just recently, a patent attorney who hangs out in the comments here insisted that (despite statistics showing that East Texas sided with patent holders at a much higher rate than in other districts) the real reason patent holders filed there was because of the speed with which it took care of cases. Funny how one of the patent attorneys who promotes that view is suddenly worried about just how slow those courts are.
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  1. identicon
    JL, 29 May 2008 @ 5:16pm

    And the "Little Guy" is???

    Um, usually NOT the little guy?

    I'd love a list of how many legitimate (meaning, Patent Office has reviewed AGAIN, and still granted) patents owned by "little guy" patent holders are really in litigation.

    VS.

    Questionable patents, held by a patent holding company, not doing anything for the "useful" progress of society that copy right and patents are supposed to be doing, but simply using them to sue as many other possible pockets as they can.

    Tell you what, clear out all the bul**hit patent attorney/patent holding company cases on the docket and see how many REAL "little guys" are behind the masks and front companies.

    I'll bet it's not many.

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