Cisco GC fights patent trolls

By Mary Heaney

23 October 2013 at 12:55 BST

Cisco general counsel Mark Chandler has vowed to continue the fight against patent trolls following a court ruling.

Wifi case puts spotlight on patent trolls Alev Bagater

Writing in Forbes magazine, he said that the tide was turning against the abuse of intellectual property laws by some non-practicing entities (NPEs) which buy patents and gain rights over companies using the products.
Nor would Cisco itself ever  sell patents to such companies in the future, he said, adding that the company had done so in the past for various reasons.

Thousands of dollars in licensing fees

The case was brought by the company, Netgear and Motorola Solutions against Innovatio IP Ventures. It followed the company's demand for thousands of dollars in licensing fees from Cisco clients for the deployment of Wi-Fi solutions in homes and businesses.The more aggressive financial demands were struck out by Judge James Holderman,  Chief Judge of the Northern District of Illinois who determined that the rate should be 9.45 cents a chip.

Infringement must be proved

However Innovatio still needed ‘to prove infringement, defend their patents’ untested validity, and deal with the fact that the rights they bought from Broadcom when they acquired the patents don’t seem to cover many of the types of users they have pursued,’ Mr Chandler said.He added that he welcomed the Federal Trade Commission and Congress’s decision to address the issue.



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