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Apple Vindicated in Another Patent Troll Lawsuit

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Oct 23, 2014, 7:23 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Apple beat back a lawsuit brought on by a small Honolulu-based company over mobile device patents. GPNE alleged that nine Apple products, including the iPhone and iPad, violated certain patents it holds regarding pager technology. GPNE is a patent holding and licensing firm. It doesn't make or sell products, but instead generates revenue through patent licensing fees and litigation. It was seeking $94 million in damages from Apple. The case was overseen by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose. Koh is a familiar character in Apple trials, and has presided over its large cases against Samsung. Apple was pleased with the court's decision. "Apple invents products that revolutionize industries, and relies upon the U.S. patent system to protect our innovation," said Apple said in a statement. "We urge congressional leaders to continue focusing on reform in this important area of patent law." Apple is often a target of patent firms seeking a payday.

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Oct 25, 2014, 9:40 PM

Not surprised in the least.

For two reasons.

1. Lucy Koh NEVER rules against Apple. In fact, I think it's safe to bet that after she retires as a judge she will either sit on Apple's board or Apple will hire her as a legal consultant.

2. I hate patent trolls that don't produce a product. I say that if you're not making a product all your patents should be invalidated. Unabashedly biased as she may be, Lucy Koh got this one right.
Took the words right out my keyboard.
T Bone

Oct 24, 2014, 6:24 AM

Okay I'll be the one to say it

Since surprisingly no one else seems to want to do so....

But what about the numerous 'patent troll' lawsuits filed BY Apple?
+1 I'm with you.
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