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Re: Google sues to reveal who is behind its 2-year-old patent lawsuit against them ..

After takin' a swig o' grog, Homer belched out
  this bit o' wisdom:

> Verily I say unto thee, that Doug Mentohl spake thusly:
>> Google, Yahoo, IAC, AOL, and Lycos -- the major Internet search 
>> companies other than Microsoft -- on Wednesday filed a motion to
>> compel the Software Rights Archive (SRA) to reveal who is behind its
>> 2-year-old patent lawsuit against them
> I'll hedge my bets and say the Patent Troll is either:
> . One of the Vole's shell companies, like:
>    . Intellectual Ventures (Nathan Myhrvold, ex-Softie), or
>    . Acacia / IP Innovation LLC (again, ex-Softies).
> . Or it's Ray Niro.

Interesting and funny:


   Microsoft Demanding Some Of Immersion's Patent Booty From Sony

   A few weeks back, we wrote about how Immersion was involved in a bizarre
   lawsuit involving a firm focused on the "teledildonics" market (look it
   up -- or, actually, you're probably better off not). Immersion, of
   course, is well known in the tech world for holding a bunch of patents on
   "haptic" technology, which many people are more familiar with as "force
   feedback" in devices like video game controllers. Immersion is not afraid
   to use its patents and has been involved in numerous lawsuits -- with the
   big one yielding $130 million from Sony for the force feedback
   controllers used in the PlayStation. The case mentioned a few weeks ago
   involved a shell firm that Immersion had done a deal with. Since
   Immersion didn't want to smear its own name by suing companies involved
   in force feedback sex devices, it basically licensed the legal rights out
   to this shell company. However, that shell company felt that Immersion
   owed it some of the $130 million Sony booty.

   While the case with the shell company has now been dismissed, Joe Mullin
   notes an even more interesting case: Microsoft is also demanding a large
   cut of the Sony settlement money. Here's where things get tricky.
   Basically, Immersion had sued Microsoft as well for violating the
   patents.  But, as we've seen other companies do, part of the settlement
   terms between Immersion and Microsoft are that Microsoft would join the
   patent battle against Sony and get a cut of any settlement money that
   came out of that lawsuit. In effect, rather than just paying up to
   license the patent, Microsoft switched sides in the lawsuit. 

Teledildonics.  Heh.

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