Lodsys has dismissed the patent infringement lawsuit it filed
against my company TMSOFT. The dismissal is with prejudice which
means they can never sue my company again for infringing its
patents. I did not have to pay any money to Lodsys or sign a
license agreement. I also did not sign a confidentially agreement
so I’m free to talk about this matter.
What was the secret to Moore’s successful defense? $200,000 in pro-bono expert legal counsel.
Via Marco Arment, who writes:
This isn’t a “victory” against Lodsys that’s meaningful to anyone
else, because it’s not repeatable. The defendant says himself that
he was only able to settle this suit because two patent lawyers
donated nearly $200,000 worth of their time to fight pro bono on
his behalf, and that figure could have easily surpassed $1 million
if it went to trial. Patent trolls usually sue small companies
that can’t afford to defend themselves, so as long as defending
against a patent suit is this expensive, the extortion scheme will
continue to work.
★ Thursday, 8 August 2013