Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Joe Mullin gets it wrong on "patent troll"

In a post at Ars Technica titled Original “patent troll” may call it quits, says there’s no money in it ,
Joe Mullin states:

Niro's business was infuriating to corporations like Intel, whose patent problems were being tended to by its associate general counsel, Peter Detkin. He's one of a small group at Intel who invented the term in 2001, after getting sued for using the term "patent extortionist." In fact, the link in the previous sentence, from legal newspaper The Recorder, may be the earliest example of the term "patent troll" being published.

From IPBiz, in August 2009,

[In passing, although Peter Detkin of Intel tried to take credit for coining the name "patent troll," that assertion is mere urban legend, as the use goes back to at least 1994 if not 1993. (see wikipedia on patent trolls AND below)]


**Of Intel

Intel folks did NOT invent the term "patent troll"

The original patent troll returns[Paula N. Chavez of Intellectual Property Videos, LLC]

Detkin's false claim about "patent trolls" is not the only tricky business concerning Intel and patents.


Elsewhere in the Mullin post, the "hook" is "Ray Niro ready to exit":

RayNiro, one of the lawyers who pioneered the wave of contingent-fee patent litigation, says he's ready to exit the business.

“The stand-alone patent case is dead on arrival, and I don't think we're unique,” Niro told Crain's Chicago Business.

Patent litigation dropped by roughly 20 percent in 2014, and patent lawsuits by "non-practicing entities," also known as patent trolls, dropped by nearly 25 percent. Those trolls filed about 3,700 lawsuits in 2013, and 2,800 in 2014, according to data from RPX's annual report (PDF).


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