Microsoft files suit against Acacia over smartphone and mobile computing patents

Microsoft has filed a lawsuit against Acacia Research Corp on Wednesday for breaking a contract to license various smartphone and mobile computing technologies. The litigation has been filed in the U.S. District Court in New York, but is currently under a seal. There are not a lot of details available, but this follows a number of patent infringement lawsuits brought by Acacia subsidiaries against Microsoft in October in Texas, Delaware and Illinois.

David Howard, Microsoft's deputy general counsel told Reuters:

"Acacia's lawsuits are the worst kind of abusive litigation behavior, attempting to extract payment based on litigation tactics and not the value of its patents."

Acacia is a company frequently referred to as a patent troll. They buy vast collections of patents and make profit from licensing. Its subsidiaries have filed lawsuits against Apple, Samsung, Motorola, Nokia, and HTC, among others.

Source: Reuters

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  • Bloomin trolls
  • Lol
  • Shoot them out of the water Microsoft.
  • Trollface.jpg
  • Soo many lawsuits. This is ridiculous.
  • Take em down MS
  • I'm kind of confused with the term"patent troll". MS pay their share for use of patents and they also license patents. Does that make MS a troll?
  • No, mostly because MS is a practicing entity with a justifiable cause to either license out or be a licensee. A patent troll earns money solely on shaking down companies with broad patents. They are not practicing entities. Also, they will usually ask for a license amount that is just low enough to be cheaper than litigation. They are basically a parasitic drain on the world market.
  • I'm also confused with the idea of "innovation". The majority believe giving ideas away for free produce innovation, but I believe free comes with laziness. I'm I wrong?
  • It's situational, free doesn't necessarily mean lazy. Neither does paying create a lack of innovation.
  • The right to Patent new Inventions and to use the Federal Courts to enforce patent exclusionary rights is actually in the US Constitution. Its there to promote the advancement of technology and civilization by promoting openess and knowledge in Society. Any entity that just uses a patented Invention without paying for a Lice se is striking at the heart of progress and innovation. Enforcing an Inventor's rights is not a negative action. Unfortunately the Patent system has been jiggered to protect the interests of large companies, and small ones and individual Inventors just cannot afford the cost of exercising their rights on their own. The rise of companies that do so for a profit is actually to the benefit of society, given the current state of the law. Without it, large companies could infringe any Patent held by an Individual or small entity, leading to alot fewer inventions. They are a symptom, not the disease.
  • Lolzz! You got me there friend. Now in lamen terms...?
  • In laymen's terms, infringing on a Patent is theft. Big Companies have distorted the legal system so that they can ignore this when the Patent Owner is a small guy. Patent "Trolls" are often the only way an Inventor can afford Justice in this system.
  • Even their name is stupid.