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 the Editor of Commsrisk. Look here for more about the history of Commsrisk and the role played by Eric.

Eric is also the Director of the Risk & Assurance Group (RAG), a global association of professionals working in risk management and business assurance for communications providers.

Previously Eric was Director of Risk Management for Qatar Telecom and he has worked with Cable & Wireless, T‑Mobile, Sky, Worldcom and other telcos. He was lead author of Revenue Assurance: Expert Opinions for Communications Providers, published by CRC Press. He is a qualified chartered accountant, with degrees in information systems, and in mathematics and philosophy.