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Intellectual Ventures Takes Indirect Route to Court

Sep 02, 2009, 18:03 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Zusha Elinson)

"- and in some cases IV will get a share of the prize. It's a scary scenario for tech companies that may end up in the legal crosshairs, but industry observers say it was only a matter of time.

"They have made commitments to investors and companies to monetize in some form or fashion billions of dollars of patents," said Dan McCurdy, founder of PatentFreedom, which tracks nonpracticing entities, or patent trolls. "In my view, it's inevitable: Whether they do it themselves or through a third party, they're going to have to litigate."

"One such lawsuit was filed on Aug. 10 by none other than Raymond Niro, the prolific patent plaintiff lawyer with Chicago's Niro, Scavone, Haller & Niro. Niro is seeking millions from Eastman Kodak Co. and CDW Corp."

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