Google wants Congress to expand the quick review for business methods beyond finance because it allows a broader range of arguments, such as whether the idea is an abstract concept ineligible for legal protection, said Laura Sheridan, Google’s patent counsel.
Rackspace Hosting Inc. lawyer Van Lindberg is fed up with what he considers dubious patent-infringement lawsuits -- like when licensing company Rotatable Technologies LLC demanded $75,000 to settle a February case.
Many companies negotiate to pay the company to go away, since it’s cheaper than what may become a lengthy court battle.
Using a procedure called inter partes review created by the 2011 America Invents Act, Lindberg instead petitioned the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a new examination of the computer-image display patent. If Rackspace persuades the agency the patent never should have been issued, the suit will be dismissed. Rotatable says in court documents its patent is valid. Its lawyer Austin Hansley in Dallas didn’t return calls.