Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Another Patent Troll In Your WiFI Space, Innovatio

Innovatio IP Ventures, LLC (who does not innovate anything nor has any product even though their name suggests such) is going arround suing hotels and coffee shops who offer WiFi in their establishments. according to statements made by the lawyers of Innovatio it is possible that they come after home users as well, but they are too busy suing small business owners for small amounts to come after you, yes the home WIFI owner.

“Innovatio has made a strategic and business judgment at this stage that it doesn’t intend to pursue [lawsuits on the basis of] residential use of WiFi,” McAndrews, a lawyer representing Innovatio in these dubious lawsuits.

According to Patent Examiner. UC Berkeley Investigative Reporting Project, they are basically blackmailing the small business users by suing for small amounts ($2300 to $5000) so that not defending in a courts against such lawsuits are not economically sound.
These patents have ended up with Innovatio through Broadcom, who refuses to divulge the information about the patents (31 of them) or why they are with Innovatio.
Cisco and Motorola are going against Innovatio and seeking a declaratory judgment calling for the Delaware federal court to rule that their products don’t infringe, and declare Innovatio’s patents invalid.
Patent Examiner (for more information and documents related to the case(s))

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