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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  1. identicon
    Call me Al, 16 Sep 2009 @ 8:49am

    Re: Adolescence

    A little touch of silliness is nothing to object about and certainly doesn't "destroy credibility" of the more sensible and well thought out comments. Though I agree we should be restrained and try to stick to the topic by and large.

    This does seem to be one of those typical abuses of patents. Certainly they have appeared a lot in the limited time that I have been reading Techdirt. Is anyone in a position to say whether there are more or less of this kind of cases these days then in times gone by?

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