Esn: What? Be real. The business practice is to send these demands to thousands and thousands of little targets. Who's going to get your 1 million exactly?
I_Am_Weasel: AbiNormal: This is why we need to round up all lawyers and run them through a meat grinder and dump the resulting sludge into the sewer where they farking belong.Then all the sueage would back up!Ha!Shutting up now.
ZAZ: If you actually present a fair case but lose, no forfeit. If you present shiat like this scanner company, pay up.There are two analagous situations.In a medical malpractice case you have to have your claim reviewed before suing. If the malpractice tribunal says your case is a loser, you put up $6,000 bond to cover defendant's costs when you lose. (My state's law; varies from place to place.)In a copyright case, the ordinary rule is loser pays. Righthaven went bankrupt due to fees owed to people it sued. Thanks to the corporate form, the investors only lost their investment. This is one reason IP trolls would rather use undercapitalized shells than show their faces. Costs and sanctions fall on the legal entity, not the human beings responsible.
hammer85: MuonNeutrino: Frankly, this isn't going to stop until someone makes an example out of a few of the scumbag lawyers involved in these sorts of blatant extortion rackets. It might be difficult to unmask the actual patent owners/masterminds behind the schemes, but the identity of the lawyers involved is hard to hide if they expect to actually sue anyone. If a few of the lowlife scum wind up taking a cement shoe swim, perhaps the moral vacuums behind the whole mess might have a bit of a harder time finding willing minions to carry out their trolling.Offtopic, but do you play MWO?-Hammerreborn
fluffy2097: Esn: What? Be real. The business practice is to send these demands to thousands and thousands of little targets. Who's going to get your 1 million exactly?Patent troll has to put a million dollars up to send out a SINGLE notice. This prevents them from suing thousands of people at once.If the patent troll wins the case, they get their million dollars back.If the patent troll loses the case, the person they sued gets the million dollars.If you have a legitimate claim, then it will be easy to get a short term loan for a million dollars./kinda like getting a loan to get your dumbass buddy out of jail.
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