Rackspace Sues Parallel Iron/IP Nav; Also, Peter Piper Was Not Forthcoming

In patents, as in comedy, timing is everything.  How serendipitous to receive news of a certain lawsuit a day after examining a black hat PAE who claims to be sporting a hat of a different hue.  Lovely.

My second most favorite thing in the world behind sticking my hand in the bag of chocolate chips only to find the people I live with have eaten all but two of them, which is totally not enough chocolate to satisfy anyone on the planet, never mind yours truly,  is when I ask someone a question (usually it’s my oldest son, but we’ll leave the parallels between the behavior of 12-yr-old boys and patent trolls to the reader’s imagination) and they reply with everything but an actual answer to my question.  Ah, good times.

And so that very thing has thusforth and somesuch (you didn’t know I could speak lawyer, did you?) occurred right there in the comments to yesterday’s post.  Fear not, for that shall surely get addressed, but not before discussing the bigger thing that is now afoot.

Rackspace (holla!!) has sued Parallel Iron, a shell company for none other than IP Nav.  {Pretends to pick jaw up off the  floor in mock surprise at that little shell company revelation there.}

Remember this quote?

We are NOT a “non-practicing entity” (NPE) in that we do not take title to patents, although in some cases we will assist clients in selling their patents to an NPE.

Hold on a sec while I step out to get out my PTT™ (Patent Troll Translator).  Ah, there it is:

We ARE a “non-practicing entity” (NPE) because, while we don’t always take title to the patents we intend to nefariously wield against industry, we have absolutely no problem farming them out to other people who will sue the pants off of you.  Because, you know, being one step removed from the process makes it alllll better.

I love the Rackspace folks because they don’t roll over and play dead.  As I’ve advocated countless times, the only way to beat these guys is to fight them every single time.  I meant that to mean defensively, as in when the trolls come after you.  But Schoenbaum et al are taking it to a whole new level of awesome by approaching the net and going on the offensive.

I, for one, hope they ram a shot right down the center of the court so fast it makes these guys’ heads spin.

Just sayin’,

IPTT

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