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Quick Mention: Patent Pirate (Philips) to be Sued

The bullying of vendors by Philips did not go unnoticed. As a recap, Philips was using proxies to do its 'pirating' (armed people threatening vendors face-to-face) [1, 2, 3, 4]. According to The Register, at least one lawsuit will come.

A Taiwanese firm is taking legal action over damage to its reputation after an Italian patent troll representing Philips prompted the raid of a Berlin consumer electronics show last month.

Teco was among 69 companies targeted by some 200 armed German custom officers during the IFA trade fair in Berlin. The raid was done at the request of Sisvel, which administers MP3 and DVD technology patents on behalf of Philips. Sisvel had complained that exhibitors at IFA may be infringing on patents owned by its client.


This makes one wonder if Microsoft can still be sued or fined in Germany for slandering GNU/Linux -- a behaviour sometimes referred to as "patent terrorism" [1, 2].

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