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Are ‘Patent Trolls’ guilty of extortion and racketeering?

New strategy against patent trolls uses the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act

There are several old adages that apply here: “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” and “fight fire with fire” come to mind. But no matter how you say it, there is no doubt that companies who fear litigation from so-called patent trolls have a new weapon in their arsenal, thanks to bold action by California-based FindTheBest. 

The CEO of FindTheBest, Kevin O’Connor, was not willing to sit back and let patent assertion entity Lumen View Technology push him around. Lumen sued FindTheBest based on a patent that covered a “system and method for facilitating bilateral and multilateral decision-making.”  O’Connor did not want to pay the $50,000 to put the matter to rest and, according to Ars Technica, when O’Connor tried to press Lumen View for more information, the company threatened him with criminal charges.

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Rich Steeves

Richard P. Steeves is Senior Editor and Community Manager of InsideCounsel magazine, where he covers the intellectual property and compliance beats. Rich earned a B.A....

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