Thursday June 02, 2016

EFF Challenges Serial Patent Troll

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against what they say is a serial patent troll, responsible for claiming infringement on patents that were expired, invalid or never used.

Defendant Shipping & Transit LLC has filed hundreds of lawsuits asserting frivolous patent infringement claims as part of its business model to intimidate and extort money from people, EFF alleged in a complaint filed with co-counsel Julie Turner of California-based Turner Boyd and Matthew Sarelson with Miami-based Kaplan Young & Moll Parrأ³n. Shipping & Transit sends out letters accusing businesses of patent infringement and demanding thousands of dollars to license the patents or settle the matter. It then routinely sues those who don’t pay up to extort "nuisance value" settlements.