One person can have an innovative idea, but if half a dozen have the same idea...
Forget prior art, unless the troll is going to argue that every one of the companies suing knew about the patent before creating the 'infringing' product(s), the fact that six companies, at least, have come up with something similar to what's (vaguely) described in the patent should invalidate it as obvious to those in the field, and lacking sufficient innovation to be considered patent-able in the first place.
So the city can continue to shake down anyone and everyone with a bogus trademark, and if anyone fights back, they just drop the case and move on to the next mark.
This case, and similar ones involving trademarks, show just how utterly broken the system is.
Want to get into the extortion racket business? Not a problem, just invoke the magic words, 'Copyright', 'Patent' or 'Trademark', and no matter how sleazy and/or pathetic your case is, you're good to go.
Mark fights back, and it looks like you might lose the case, and potentially the copyright/trademark/patent being used to shake people down? Also not a problem, just drop the case, and move on to the next person. Unless you were a bit too blatant in your shakedown demands, should your target try and force the issue, they not you, will be the ones feeling the displeasure of the court for 'wasting everyone's time', allowing you to continue sending threat letters far and wide.
Given that would remove what is probably perk #1 of being in a position of power, the ability to do whatever you want and never be held personally accountable for your actions, I'm sure they would see it as the end of the world, but I'd be willing to take that risk.
And I'm pretty sure it doesn't matter, the example has already been made. His business destroyed, millions stolen from him, his house raided by armed goons as though he was a drug kingpin with stashes of weapons, him and his assets tied up in court for years...
"Mess with the US 'entertainment' industries and we will destroy you, no matter where on the planet you live" was the message intended, and whether it ever makes it to a US court or not, I'd say it's been pretty successfully sent.
Of course the funniest bit about attempted propaganda like this, and what makes it so incredibly stupid, is that if, at some point in the future they do discover an actual weapons shipment from the USG, they are going to have a much harder time getting people to believe that no, honest, this time it's real.
In attempting to fabricate some pro-Russia propaganda, they instead shot themselves, and their credibility, in the foot.
Balderdash, everyone knows the world and everything in it is composed entirely of black and white!
If you're not for something, in every aspect and use of it, then you must be against it! Only the lying or cowardly utter such absurdities as 'I don't know' or 'We don't have enough evidence to say exactly/either way', as everyone knows the proper way to deal with the unknown or situations where the evidence isn't strong enough to make an informed decision is to pick one of the two sides and angrily defend it against anything and everything the other side says, while being utterly contemptuous and dismissive towards those weaklings whining about 'gathering evidence before making a decision'.
As far as I can tell, the position is pretty much there just to make it look like there's oversight, when there really is none. If they were actually meant to be effective, then they would be able to order compliance, not be forced to basically beg for the information they're looking for.
I wish that wasn't likely to be the case, but yeah, that is most likely exactly what will happen.
Not a single person will be willing to actually prosecute or even bring charges against Hood, and the entire matter will as a result just be brushed under the rug as a perfect example of the high-court/low-court 'justice' system we have in the US.
I'm still waiting to see evidence showing why they've been fighting so hard to keep everything secret. Surely blatantly planning a smear job, involving bought and paid for 'reporting', followed by buying some legal action if that didn't work, surely that's not the reason, right?
I mean, I'm sure all of that is perfectly above board and legal, and won't even get a second glance in court, from judge or jury, right?
From the sounds of it the cabbies aren't complaining that Uber is operating illegally, but that they aren't operating illegally, in a system filled with required bribes and kickbacks.
The cabbies are forced to pay a bunch of money under the table in order to do business in a highly corrupt system, and then someone comes along who sidesteps the bribes and shady aspects of it entirely, no wonder they're mad.
Oh that's easy, they just slip in an asterisk(font size .0001) somewhere in the definition, with a disclaimer that none of the definitions shall be applied to anything the USG does, and then bury the disclaimer that it's linked to somewhere else
So they are allowed to murder people, and then refuse to even admit the existence or non-existence of the reasoning or evidence they had for why they felt the murder was justified at the time.
Sure glad they've got rules in place to limit collateral deaths, and ensure that only specific targets, with heaps of evidence against them are targeted by drone strikes, otherwise they might accidentally kill innocent people and then try and cover it up.