Developer Claims Patent Troll Lodsys Demanded To Be Paid Via Swedish Bank To Avoid Taxes
from the no-that's-not-scammy-at-all... dept
However, at a lunchtime talk in DC recently, Todd Moore spoke about the legal battle with Lodsys, and apparently added a fascinating tidbit that I had not seen anywhere before. As reported by Rob Pegoraro, who was in attendance, Lodsys apparently demanded Moore pay up to a Swedish bank:
Moore noted the fundamental asymmetry of patent trolling, saying he could only fight because he had pro bono representation: "Most people who can't get a free lawyer like me will settle."So, not only is Lodsys up to some fairly questionable practices concerning demanding payment over a highly questionable patent -- and sometimes going after people for exercising their free speech rights -- according to Moore's statements at this event, the company may also be trying to dodge US taxes to boot. It makes you hope that perhaps Lodsys is on the list of 25 companies that the FTC plans to investigate in detail, to understand how they operate.
He also described some blunt bargaining by Lodsys--"how much will you give us so we go away?"--with the funds to be deposited in a Swedish bank account to avoid U.S. taxes.