Washington State Has Sued a Patent Troll for Violating Consumer Protection Laws

Joe Mullin, writing for the EFF:

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed a lawsuit claiming that Landmark Technology has violated the state’s Patent Troll Protection Act, which bans “bad faith” assertions of patent infringement. Following a widespread campaign of patent demand letters, more than 30 states passed some kind of law placing limits on bad-faith patent assertions. […]

The Washington case reveals just how widespread Landmark’s threats are. From January 2019 to July 2020, Landmark sent identical demand letters to 1,176 small businesses all across the country. Those letters threaten to sue unless Landmark gets paid a $65,000 licensing fee. Landmark essentially insists that if you use a website for e-commerce, you infringe this patent.

Sounds like no one is going to be rooting for Landmark in this case other than their fellow patent trolls.

Tuesday, 25 May 2021