Innovatio criticized in Forbes piece
Recently tech giant Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO) along with Motorola Solutions Inc. (MSI) and Netgear Inc. (NTGR) filed suit against, in my opinion, an insidious Chicago based patent troll, Innovatio IP Ventures LLC. (...) So instead of suing Cisco, MSI, and NTGR directly, the troll [Innovatio] has chosen to attack its customer base. The lawsuit asserts Innovatio’s tactics to be “misleading, fraudulent, and unlawful.” Further it claims that the threatening letters “effectively amount to an extortion scheme” and as such violates federal antiracketeering laws. “When someone runs a racket we’re going to make them liable for racketeering”, announced Cisco general counsel Mark Chandler. The Cisco approach is novel and befitting of the axiom, “the best defense is a good offense.” Legal experts seem divided on the outcome but it sure seems to me like Innovatio has engaged in nothing more than a tawdry shakedown.
One can find a different discussion of Innovatio in a post written by Raymond Niro titled Setting the Record Straight on the Innovatio Patent Portfolio .
**As a footnote, there is a bit of hostility between the Niro firm and Cisco.
See for example
Hosteny's "The Cowardice of Anonymous Bloggers"
And IPBiz wrote on the anonymous blog written by then Cisco employee Rick Frenkel:
Frenkel and Yen: the Cisco Kid and Pancho, or the Lone Ranger and Tonto?