Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Rick Frenkel prevails at CAFC

Rick Frenkel, once known as the Troll Tracker and now at Latham & Watkins, LLP , prevailed in the case SYNOPSYS, INC. v. RICOH .

RICHARD G. FRENKEL, Latham & Watkins, LLP, of Menlo Park, California, argued for plaintiff-appellee. With him on the brief was RON E. SHULMAN.

The wikipedia entry for Frenkel notes about the case related to Frenkel's anonymous blogging activities:

The case raised questions about the risks of blogging anonymously,[2] and received wide publicity in the blogosphere as it was thought that the lawsuits could result in precedents to be applied to future bloggers.[4] Subsequently, Cisco updated its policy on employee blogging.[7]

The Albritton case went to trial in Tyler, Texas on September 14, 2009.[8] After Judge Richard A. Schell ruled that Albritton had to prove actual malice to be eligible for punitive damages, the litigation settled.[9] The Ward case—which was filed against Cisco and not Frenkel—settled in January 2010.[10]

Frenkel left Cisco in August 2008 to join the Palo Alto office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati as a patent litigator.[11] He is a partner with the firm.[12] At the time he joined the firm, he said he was done with blogging.[11]

See also the IPBiz post
Frenkel and Yen: the Cisco Kid and Pancho, or the Lone Ranger and Tonto?


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