Probably the most worthwhile patent trolls has been defanged
Uniloc, maybe greatest generally known as Patent Troll in Chief, suffered a reasonably devastating blow at this time. The corporate has lengthy asserted that its “software program activation” patent that is beguiled everybody from Microsoft (to the tune of $388 million) to Digital Arts provides it clearance to sue nearly anybody who makes use of a type of on-line authentication for software program. Till now, in line with the Kansas Metropolis Enterprise Journal. The Patent Trademark and Appeals Board has dominated that Uniloc’s patent quantity 5,490,216 is invalid by way of an inter partes evaluate (IPR). Primarily an IPR is a method for inventors to problem a patent with out getting federal courts concerned.
To win, Sega of America, Ubisoft, Cambium Studying Group (an academic software program developer), Lexmark subsidiary Kofax and Star Trek On-line writer Good World Leisure fought again with one thing totally different. Uniloc has been utilizing an apparently vaguely written Australian patent for its DRM system. That was filed a yr previous to submitting it domestically, after different corporations had launched comparable methods. The PTAB sided with the aforementioned corporations, agreeing that Uniloc’s follow wasn’t on the up and up.
“Finally the PTAB gave undue credibility to a lone skilled opinion that was authored by petitioners’ counsel,” Unilock USA president Sean Burdick wrote in an e mail. “Congratulations to Erise IP [the law firm representing Ubisoft and Co.] for pulling wool over the eyes of the Patent workplace.” And that, my buddies, is what we name irony. Uniloc can nonetheless attraction, in fact, however hasn’t carried out so but. If that e mail is any indicator, likelihood is excessive that this is not the final we’ll hear from Burdick.