Intellectual Ventures Is Now Patent Trolling Motorola

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Intellectual Ventures, led by former Microsoft exec and Modernist Cuisine mastermind Nathan Myhrvold, has taken Motorola to court over mobile products it says infringes upon patents it holds, including one for mobile devices contaning a CPU. Really?!


According to court papers posted on AllThingsD, Intellectual Ventures and Motorola had been trying to work out a licensing deal, but when that fell through, Myhrvold and his merry trollers took to the courts. Other infringed patents listed in the lawsuit relate to file transfer protocols, TCP/IP protocols, and display illumination. This comes in the midst of an all-out war between tech companies, whose rationale for suing each other seemingly depends on the direction of the wind on any given day. This doesn't make things any better.

In other news, Motorola has a lawyer whose last name is Finocchio. [AllThingsD]



Nathan Myhrvold fascinates me, I just don't understand how someone so smart could live such a stupid life. He's worth something like $600 million and controls a company that instead of being innovative or creative formulates ways to write and buy patents for the purpose to eventually license to companies for profit or sue them for creating a similar product.

Isn't it ironic that we've all spent a day reading about how innovative and revolutionary Steve Jobs was and then get an article about an individual who is essentially preventing innovation by suing companies millions of dollars. It would be like Apple developing the concept for the iPhone, patenting it, and then waiting for someone else to develop a similar device. Granted, playing devil's advocate it should be pointed out that Apple has sued several companies over patient infringement, as have many other companies. The difference here though is while HTC, Apple, Motorola are suing companies because they feel a company has copied their product, Intellectual Ventures is suing companies just because they "thought of it first".

Just goes to show that money can't buy you class.