Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Walker Digital Files 15 Suits, 100+ Defendants including Apple

From the press release:

Walker Digital Files Lawsuits in Patent Dispute

More Than 100 Defendants Named in 15 Suits Filed After Company Efforts Fail to Obtain Commercial Licenses

STAMFORD, Conn. & WILMINGTON, Del.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Walker Digital, LLC announced today that it has filed suit in Delaware to stop the unauthorized use of its intellectual property rights and to recover its substantial investment in innovation. In total, 15 suits have been filed against more than 100 defendants, including Microsoft, eBay, Amazon, Facebook, WalMart, Groupon, Apple, Sony and Google.


Commenting on recent developments, Ellenthal stated, “We are disappointed that after reaching out to so many companies in an effort to secure reasonable licenses, we were consistently told that without litigation our requests would not be taken seriously. [...] Indeed, ironically and unfortunately, our efforts to avoid litigation have been met, in some cases, with lawsuits filed against us just because we sent letters asking companies whether they would be willing to license some of our patented inventions.”


I am not sure what could be considered "ironic" about a D.J. being filed against an entity seeking licensing revenue based on claims, no matter how veiled, that the other party needs a license to operate.  "Fair" is the word that actually comes to mind.

More to follow when the complaints become available.


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