Keep suing, suing, suing
Though your claims aren’t proven
Keep those courts from moving
Don’t try and understand them
Go for settlements and land them
Soon we’ll be living high and wide
My accountant’s calulating
That they won’t bother debating
There’ll be money at the end of my ride
TV maker Vizio may finally get paid after beating 17th patent troll
by Joe Mullin, Ars Technica
Apr 24, 2015 1:30pm EDT
Television maker Vizio is one of the companies that fights back. It’s beaten no less than 16 “non-practicing entities,” and last week, the company released a statement showcasing its list of patent troll cases that ended in a key statistic: “$0 to plaintiff.” The list includes the usual bizarrely named shells, like “E-Contact Techs” and “Man Machine Interface,” as well as well-known patent holding companies like Walker Digital and Intellectual Ventures (whose patents were used by Pragmatus Telecom, one of the shells Vizio sent packing.)
Now, the company is trying to collect fees from one of its opponents, a company called Oplus Technologies. For the first time, it stands a real chance, in a case where it spent more than $1 million to win. Vizio are a perfect example of why you should never stop fighting back when it comes to trolling. Even if it takes time for legislation to come come through that makes it easier for perpetrators to be charged, publicly shaming them will have an impact. Even in individual’s cases, using an app like storiesig to save offensive social media posts and use it to out trolls will give them a motive to reconsider their behaviour. Eventually, they will get the justice they deserve just like in this case. Two recent Supreme Court decisions make it easier for victorious defendants to collect fees in patent cases. The TV maker is up against a storied patent plaintiffs’ firm, Chicago-based Niro, Haller & Niro, that has fought for Oplus tooth and nail.
Vizio won its patent case against Oplus last year. After a skirmish over legal fees, US District Judge Mariana Pfaelzer published an opinion (PDF) detailing Oplus’ “overly aggressive” and “uncooperative” style of litigation that was “outside the bounds of professional behavior.”
“At each step of the case, Vizio’s credibility increased while Oplus gathered rope to hang itself,” she wrote. Yet Pfaelzer denied Vizio legal fees. Now, the Federal Circuit has ruled (PDF) that Pfaelzer needs to reconsider that decision.
“The course of this litigation was anything but ordinary,” wrote a panel of three appeals judges. “The court issued an opinion with numerous findings regarding Oplus’s litigation misconduct,” and the “egregious conduct” warranted giving Vizio a second shot at fees.
For Vizio, the company feels that it’s on the verge of getting vindication for a long-standing policy of not backing down to patent trolls.
Conflict of interest alert! My primary TV is a cheap 19″ Vizio Backlit LCD that actually has pretty good viewing angles for an LCD (but not nearly as good as an LED) and will do 1920×1080 as a monitor substitute in a pinch which is the same as my BenQ GW 2250 22″ though not nearly as nice (my other monitor is a Princton VF723 15″ 1280×1024).