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A new use for patent infringement lawsuits

Jan 06, 20061 min
Data Center

An interesting article on Tech Dirt discusses how the holder of a lapsed patent for Bluetooth enabled sunglasses has filed a suit against Oakley and Motorola for violating the patent he no longer owns. The story is actually quite complex and the conclusion is …

He’s doing it as a PR stunt. It is a bizarre tale and we can only hope that the judge who hears the case can figure out how to hand the guy his head for bringing such a frivolous suit.


Mark Gibbs is an author, journalist, and man of mystery. His writing for Network World is widely considered to be vastly underpaid. For more than 30 years, Gibbs has consulted, lectured, and authored numerous articles and books about networking, information technology, and the social and political issues surrounding them. His complete bio can be found at

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