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08.17.17

Ericsson Hired From the World’s Largest Patent Troll and Became a Massive Troll in Europe

Posted in Europe, Patents at 9:26 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Ericsson troll

Summary: Ericsson’s patent aggression campaign (even in Europe) carries on; it turns out the person behind this strategy came from Intellectual Ventures

IT’S BAD enough that USPTO-granted patents are being used/leveraged by trolls. Recently, as we have been showing, the EPO too became part of this problem. Nowadays the EPO fuels trolls and doesn’t seem to have any qualms about it.

“IAM helps them both (Ericsson and Intellectual Ventures), along with other fans of patent parasites.”Ericsson, a European company, is now a patent troll which also operates through satellites proxies e.g. Openwave Computing LLC/Unwired Planet — a tactic similar to that of Intellectual Ventures, which is said to have literally thousands of proxies. According to this new puff piece, “Former Intellectual Ventures executive Roy Maharaj [is] now vice president of global patent licensing at Ericsson,” which we did not know. It explains or says quite a lot about Ericsson’s transition into patent trolling; it hired a “patent licensing” (euphemism for shakedown) Vice President from the world’s largest and most notorious patent troll. IAM helps them both (Ericsson and Intellectual Ventures), along with other fans of patent parasites. Earlier today IAM took a break from its summer break just to write that “Ericsson brings lawsuits against French smartphone maker as CIPO targets free riders”. Ericsson does a lot trolling in Europe these days (via Unwired Planet), so this is more of the same:

Ericsson filed patent infringement lawsuits in Mannheim and Dusseldorf on Monday against Wiko after, the Swedish telecoms giant claimed, four years of licensing negotiations had failed to produce a deal. The lawsuits accused Wiko of infringing ten patents that relate to 2G, 3G and 4G mobile technology and include a number of standard essential patents (SEPs).

Like Nokia after the Microsoft ‘takeover’, Ericsson is now little more than a Scandinavian troll basking in its past glory to justify such behaviour.

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