Wi-Lan Just Keeps On Suing; Says Cable Modems Infringe Its Patents Too

from the does-any-networking-equipment-not-infringe? dept

Wi-Lan really is the patent troll that just keeps on suing. You may recall that the company -- which once was an operating company that totally failed in the market, because it was unable to execute -- has since become one of the nastier patent trolls out there, suing everyone it possibly can. Years back, it claimed that it had patents that covered the basics behind WiFi. After that, it claimed patents on mobile broadband offerings, like WiMax. It's also sued over patents on mobile devices and near-field Bluetooth technology.

And it's not stopping there. Its latest move is to sue a bunch of cable firms for violating patents with their cable modems. Basically, if you offer any kind of networking, expect to have to pay some sort of tax to this company that couldn't hack it in the marketplace. Is that how the patent system was supposed to work?
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Filed Under: cable modems, networking, patents
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  1. identicon
    MrWilson, 1 Dec 2010 @ 10:24pm

    Re: Be careful with wording, punk

    You should be angry, dude... at yourself, for having terrible reading comprehension.

    I'll quote myself exactly as you did, with some formatting for emphasis.

    "And patent trolls are like terrorist cells and guerrilla revolutionaries"

    At what point did I say that everyone who files a lawsuit over violations of a patent is a patent troll?

    I don't know what your definition of a patent troll is, but we can borrow the Wikipedia entry's explanation: "Patent troll is a pejorative term used for a person or company that enforces its patents against one or more alleged infringers in a manner considered unduly aggressive or opportunistic, often with no intention to manufacture or market the patented invention."

    Of course there will be some variation in the circumstances of different patent trolls, but the general concept is that they are people who don't create anything of value who intentionally try to make money just by filing lawsuits. Unless you fall into that category, you shouldn't take offense because my statement didn't apply to you. Unless you just feeling like getting worked up for no reason, in which case, have at it. As for the physical threats, I'll remind you that this is the internet, so there's no alley behind the cafeteria where I can fight with you after school.

    You also missed that it was an analogy and I wasn't actually saying that patent trolls are the same as terrorists. It was mostly a rant about how corporations are acting like sovereign nations, which is a very disturbing, but not at all surprising trend (especially if you read about the history of the Dutch East India Company).

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