“Northern District of California Court Judge Claudia Wilken has ruled that non-practicing entity Linex Technologies must pay Apple, Aruba, Meru, Ruckus, and HP millions in attorney fees after pursuing a patent case that it knew was destined for failure,” Electronista reports. “Apple and HP are seeking $3.6 million each, with the other three companies seeking $3.8 million — the ruling puts the patent troll on the hook for $18.6 million, an amount it may not have.”
“In April, the US Supreme Court allowed for ‘fee shifting’ in a revision of the Patent Act. The ruling alllowed for legal fees to be assessed against complainants that have baseless claims from the start, at the discretion of the presiding judge,” Electronista reports. “The judge ruled that… ‘Linex was not free to pursue another case targeting the same technology with impunity.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: Good. Stamp out the patent trolls!
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Double07” for the heads up.]