Why Red Hat Is Wrong That It's Better To Just Pay Patent Trolls Sometimes
from the that's-why-you-get-more dept
"When it's so little money, at some point, bluntly, it's better to settle than fight these things out."He does say that they fight on bigger cases or cases they feel are especially ridiculous. But, in others, it's just cheaper and easier to settle. I certainly understand the reasoning. And I definitely understand the short-term cost-benefit analysis. If you can pay off the patent holder for less than it'll take to fight the case, even if you win, that seems like a good deal. Except... in the long run, this may be penny-wise and pound-foolish, because as you build up the reputation as a company who will fold as long as the settlement demands are under a certain level, then all you do is encourage more trolling behavior, leading to more new lawsuits with more patent holders demanding a handout.
Again, I can certainly understand the basic reasoning for settling, and can't really begrudge any company that decides to settle to avoid a lawsuit, but it is a little disappointing that this just perpetuates the problem.