Can't Buy 'Em? Sue 'Em For Patent Infringement!

from the welcome-to-modern-business dept

JohnForDummies alerts us to Broadcom's latest patent infringement suit, this time against Emulex. Broadcom is quite aggressive on the patent front, so at first this didn't seem like a big deal. But, this time it's more interesting, because Broadcom just spent about a year trying to do a hostile takeover of Emulex, which failed. Basically, this seems like a sour grapes patent lawsuit. Emulex wouldn't agree to be taken over, so Broadcom decided to throw the patent book at them. Patent lawsuits as revenge? Just like Thomas Jefferson intended...
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Filed Under: acquisitions, patents, spite
Companies: broadcom, emulex

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    Dark Helmet (profile), 16 Sep 2009 @ 7:31am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Somebody sue Mikey already

    Wow, that was a pretty good one. But are we seriously going to let this thread deteriorate into a series of Yo Mama jokes?

    What's odd about this story is that Broadcom seems EXTREMELY geared up to acquire Emulex, so much so that they offered to buy out the company's shareholders at a 40% premium, and then raising that number AGAIN when the initial takeover was rejected.

    I can't help but remember the hoax involving Emulex floating a report that their Prez/CEO was stepping down in order to deflate stock pricing. With that kind of history, might we need a deeper look at this?

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