Earlier this month, I traveled to Tyler, Texas to cover the Eolas patent trial. Eolas is a patent-holding company, together with the University of California, filed a lawsuit against more than 20 companies claiming it owned patent rights to the entire “interactive” World Wide Web–essentially the whole modern web.
The four-part series published at […]
Visto, a California company with a long history of filing patent suits, looks determined to keep making hay out of its patents in 2012. Its newest target is a company called Fixmo, a Virginia company that helps companies with data security on employee mobile devices. The lawsuit [PDF] says Fixmo’s SafeZone and […]
The Innovatio patent-lawsuit campaign we reported on two weeks ago is starting to produce some pushback. SonicWALL, a San Jose company that sells internet-connection and security hardware, is stepping up to defend some of the companies targeted by Innovatio.
In a declaratory judgment complaint [PDF] filed on Friday, the company asks to invalidate […]
Intellectual Ventures filed its newest lawsuit yesterday [PDF], this time against Motorola. The development suggests that the world’s biggest patent-assertion company is going to get directly involved in patent attacks on mobile phones. Buried in the details of the suit are some details that may reveal a bit more about how IV operates. To […]
As of this week, Magistrate Judge Chad Everingham has stepped down from the federal bench in the Eastern District of Texas and taken a position […]
After a long hiatus, one of the most infamous ‘patent trolls’ in the nation is back, and it’s going after its biggest target yet—Facebook.
Back in 2007 and 2008, FotoMedia sued more than 60 photo-sharing companies, claiming its patents entitled it to payments on pretty much all types of photo-sharing software. Many of those companies […]
A Texas patent-holding company unleashed a new barrage of litigation in the past week, suing more than 140 companies that don’t appear to have much in common, beyond being engaged in online retail. The defendants range from retail giants like Nordstrom, Costco, and Amazon, to smaller specialty companies like Drill Spot and Costume […]