Intellectual Ventures targets AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile on patents
Patent-holding firm says its goal is to support innovation by protecting small inventors against litigious corporations, but to many, it's the litigious corporation stifling innovation.
The complaint, which targets AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile, cites violations to patent No. 5,790,793, the nebulously titled "Method and system to create, transmit, receive and process information, including an address to further information," in addition other equally wide-armed patents.
The chief litigation counsel for Intellectual Ventures, Melissa Finocchio stated:
The wireless communications networks of AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile use a variety of important technologies covered by Intellectual Ventures' patents. We previously attempted to discuss licensing options with each of these companies, but none were responsive. We filed a complaint for infringement today in the U.S. District Court of Delaware to get these three companies on a course toward compensating IV for the value of the inventions they use in delivering their wireless services.
In October, Intellectual Venturesover several patents, including one for a "file transfer system," one that relates to an "illumination device and image projection apparatus comprising the device," and another that describes a "portable computer, communication and entertainment device with central processor carried in a detachable handset."
The company, founded by, a former chief technology officer at Microsoft, has taken heat over its impetus toward filing lawsuits based on the patents it has amassed; critics have branded it a "patent troll." Myhrvold, not surprisingly, .
We'll keep an eye on this one as it develops.