by Mike Masnick
Fri, Jul 15th 2011 3:02pm
For years, Nathan Mhyrvold's Intellectual Ventures tried to avoid the "patent troll" label, in part by not filing any lawsuits. Boy, has that changed. A few months ago it filed its first three lawsuits, against a bunch of tech companies, and now it's gone right back to court to sue a bunch more, including Dell, HP, Asus, Acer, Best Buy and Wal-Mart. Of course, it's all a big shakedown scheme. To IV, you're either "with them" (which means holding your nose and paying upwards of $100 million for a blanket license) or "against them" (which means they'll sue you). It's not hard to see why many people seem to feel that this is all just a giant shakedown racket.
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