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Innovatio IP sues hotels, coffee shops offering Wi-Fi

updated 12:35 pm EDT, Tue October 4, 2011

Innovatio IP wants settlements from franchises

Innovatio IP Ventures, a company that owns a portfolio of patents reportedly tied to Wi-Fi technology, has began suing coffee shops, grocery stores, restaurants and hotels for allegedly infringing upon those patents. According to PatentExaminer, the company's strategy is to prey on ill-prepared franchises rather than parent companies and offering them the option of settling for between $2,300 and $5,000. Innovatio is represented by Niro, Haller & Niro, the firm associated with patent trolls from the time the term was coined.

The lawyer who represents the company, Matthew McAndrews, implied the patents cover everyone who has a home Wi-Fi setup. He said Innovatio IP made the strategy not to pursue all of these users at this time, however. McAndrews said his client and him want users to continue using Wi-Fi, though he wants his client to get his due share.

Motorola and Cisco took Innovatio IP to court, seeking a declaratory judgment that its Wi-Fi products do not infringe upon Innovatio's patents. This could set a key precedent to stop the firm's advances. Many have also argued that suing individuals could be illegal. [via TechDirt]



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  1. dmwalsh568

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    Stand up to patent trolls

    Force the trolls to file in your jurisdiction since any reasonable judge will laugh them out of court. Patents are applicable against product manufacturers, not product users

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