Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Apple, others ask Supreme Court for measures against patent abuse

updated 01:07 pm EST, Wed February 5, 2014

Companies want easier time recouping legal fees

A collection of companies -- including Apple, Google, Yahoo, Intel, Cisco, and Facebook -- are asking the US Supreme Court for measures to help deter frivolous patent lawsuits, Bloomberg reports. In particular, the companies are seeking to change the language used to determine when a defendant can claim coverage of legal fees from a plaintiff. The current standard allows coverage only if a suit is ruled "objectively baseless" and filed in bad faith.

Under the looser proposed terms, defendants would be able to claim fees if a plaintiff "unreasonably pursues a case having an objectively low likelihood of success." The risk of having to cover legal costs could prevent lawsuits by patent trolls simply wanting to use the courts as a source of income; research firm PatentFreedom says that Apple and Google alone have been sued over 190 times in the past five years by such "patent-assertion entities." Apple states that it has over 200 intellectual property claims that are still pending, and that it has two lawyers on staff whose only job is responding to royalty claims.

A potential risk, however, is deterring difficult yet still legitimate patent cases. The Supreme Court is due to consider the matter in two cases scheduled to be heard during the next few weeks.



By Electronista Staff
toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

IDrive cloud backup and sync service

There are a lot of cloud services out there, and nearly all of them can be used for backing up key files and folders. A few dedicated ...

Asus Chromebook C300

When Chromebooks hit the market back in 2011, consumers didn't know what to do with them. The low-cost laptops, powered by Google's Ch ...

Plantronics BackBeat Pro Bluetooth headphones

Looking for a pair of headphones that can do everything a user requires is a task that can take some study. Trying to decide on in-ear ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News