Paying the Danegeld...
And then hoping the Danes will land somewhere else next time.
It might be easier and more economic in the short term, but it just gives them the resources to organise ever bigger raids.
In late November, patent-holding biz CryptoPeak Solutions filed dozens of lawsuits against major US resorts, retailers, and financial service providers, among others. The timing for the barrage of lawsuits was curious, but may be explained by a newly enacted law aimed at curbing patent trolls. It turns out the litany of …
A former employer of mine was sued by a troll. They settled because they could not afford to go to trial. Most businesses do not have $2M lying around to throw away -- settlement was a *lot* cheaper. (In that particular case, the new law would not have helped. The troll's infringement charts were an absolute joke. And yes, eastern Texas.)
And that's a problem. How anybody can see a patent whose topic is key escrow and imagine that it impacts specific crypto algorithms used in non-key-escrow scenarios is beyond me. Unless, of course, they've already given in to the USG and started escrowing keys, which naturally they wouldn't want revealed in open court.
Considering the reason we hear about east texas is *mostly* how the court there is kind to the patent trolls, I wonder, is there *any* other ..... industry there?
Yes the court has a reputation - but is that reputation a result of the individuals there, a particular set of personalities or knowledge? Or is it that old saw of "Well this is the way we've always done these things". Or is it that, quite bluntly, they've got nothing better to put their time into?
Personally, considering the laundry list of issues in the excited snakes, ETPTLF should be rather lower on their priority list.
As for *this* patent, anyone that signed off and settled should have the right to sue the troll back to oblivion if *any* of the others fights it and wins.
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is there *any* other ..... industry there?
Sure! Vendors of both firearms and pickup trucks do a brisk business.
(Actually, I kind of like East Texas, as Texas goes. At least the geography of it. Not my first choice of a place to live, even in Texas - that would be parts of the Panhandle - but the Piney Woods area isn't bad.
And if you want an actual answer to your question, well, there's always that good ol' interconnected jumble of sometimes-accurate information that's available all over the world.)
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