How Sandvine Defeated Patent Trolls

There is insufficient investment going into new technology to boost the efficiency of telcos, so the last thing we need is parasites who make nothing but use the law to extract money from vendors that do real research and development. Patent trolls are companies that buy patents previously registered by other companies just so they can look for opportunities to sue genuine businesses that may or may not have infringed those patents. It matters little to the trolls whether their patents are obscure and unknown to the companies that they threaten through the legal system. The troll’s goal is to intimidate the defendants into a settlement because of the dangers of relying on a court to reach a decision concerning technical matters that a jury is ill-equipped to understand.

However, the trolls can be defeated, so long as their intended victims have the courage to fight the legal battle through to a court decision. Sandvine, the traffic optimization and analysis vendor, gained just such a victory over a patent troll that bases itself in a part of Texas where the legal system is especially helpful to trolls. The full story of the courtroom tussle is beautifully told by this article written by Craig Daniels for Communitech. It is well worth a read.

Eric Priezkalns
Eric Priezkalns
Eric is a recognized expert on communications risk and assurance. He was Director of Risk Management for Qatar Telecom and has worked with Cable & Wireless, T‑Mobile, Sky, Worldcom and others.   Eric was lead author of Revenue Assurance: Expert Opinions for Communications Providers, published by CRC Press. He was a founding member of Qatar's National Committee for Internet Safety and the first leader of the TM Forum's Enterprise Risk Management team. Eric currently sits on the committee of the Risk & Assurance Group, and is an editorial advisor to Black Swan. He is a qualified chartered accountant, with degrees in information systems, and in mathematics and philosophy.   Commsrisk is edited by Eric. Look here for more about Eric's history as editor.