World’s leading patent troll sues Motorola over Android phones

31 05 2012

In the beginning, Intellectual Ventures presented itself as one of the good guys. Founded a decade ago by former Microsoft honcho Nathan Myhrvold, it made the rounds to Silicon Valley’s largest tech companies, convincing them to pony up millions of dollars to buy up patents in order to keep them out of the hands of patent trolls. According to Business Week, by 2006, the investors included Microsoft, Apple, Nokia, and eBay.

But as IV’s patent arsenal has grown, the tone of Myhrvold’s sales pitch has changed. Companies began to wonder if they might become a target of IV’s own patents if they declined to sign up. Myhrvold used to emphasize that IV itself hadn’t sued anyone, but he refused to rule out doing so in the future. Recently, IV has faced accusations that it set up shell companies like Oasis Research and LodSys so it could engage in patent trolling without leaving fingerprints.


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