Trolling company schooled by Newegg over “shopping cart” patent sues its own attorneys

18 11 2015
Ars Technica
September 17, 2015
Joe Mullin
Soverain Software, a Chicago-based patent-holding company that has been denounced on Capitol Hill, made tens of millions of dollars suing retailers with a patent on online shopping carts. That patent and two others were finally toppled when tech retailer Newegg won a key decision at the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in 2013. Soverain appealed that defeat all the way to the Supreme Court, but the company’s legal pleas went nowhere.

Now Soverain is in what may be the final legal fight of its life—with its own lawyers. Soverain employed the law firm Jones Day, one of the nation’s largest, from 2004 until 2010. At that point, the mega-firm decided to stop representing Soverain.


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