As Patent Suits Increase, Firms Fight Back

The general counsel of Rackspace, a web-hosting company in San Antonio, does not mince words when he discusses patent litigation.  

“It’s a shakedown,” Alan Schoenbaum said. “It’s extortive behavior.”

The subject of his rancor, which is shared by many in the software industry, is litigation by patent assertion entities that are known derisively as “patent trolls.” Their tactics are simple and legal: Collect dormant patents, then file suit in federal court against companies, claiming infringement, to extract licensing fees.

Advocates of patent reform say the legal system unfairly favors the entities and have called on federal lawmakers to ...

Full Story

Comment Policy

The Texas Tribune is pleased to provide the opportunity for you to share your observations about this story. We encourage lively debate on the issues of the day, but we ask that you refrain from using profanity or other offensive speech, engaging in personal attacks or name-calling, posting advertising, or wandering away from the topic at hand. To comment, you must be a registered user of the Tribune, and your user name will be displayed. Thanks for taking time to offer your thoughts.

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Login | Sign-Up