Patent Hoarding Firms Discover The ITC Loophole
from the that's-not-good-for-anyone dept
But, of course, you should never underestimate the lawyers who deal with such non-practicing entities. Joe Mullin has the latest on one such attempt by an patent hoarding firm, Saxon, who is using the ITC loophole to go after a bunch of companies, including Nokia, HTC, RIM, Palm and Panasonic. Not surprisingly, on the very same day, it filed a patent infringement lawsuit (in East Texas, of course) against the same companies using the same patent. So, it's a perfect example of getting two cracks at the same issue. But how is Saxon claiming that a "domestic industry" is at risk to the ITC? From all appearances, it seems to claim that its domestic industry is patent licensing itself. And, the argument goes, allowing the companies listed above to continue importing their mobile phones would hurt that "domestic industry." Many lawyers think this is a pretty big stretch, and hopefully the ITC agrees. If not, expect to see many more companies that do nothing but hoard patents get an extra high-powered weapon in trying to force companies who actually develop products to pay up.