A patent troll is a company that buys or acquires patents. The troll then aggressively hunts down victims for licensing fees or files infringement lawsuits just to make money. To them, that’s business.
Last year, Rackspace was sued by Rotatable Technologies. Rotatable is not a company who manufactures products or has any innovation at all – it conveniently owns however, US Pat. No. 6,326,978 which is a patent we all use on our smartphones. US Pat. No. 6,326,978 is the patent for screen rotation technology. Just because Rackspace has a mobile cloud app that rotates, Rotatable thought it could swoop in and get today’s pay through a lawsuit!
But of course, being a patent troll, Rotatable wants to bring as many parties into the lawsuit as possible so along with Rackspace, it sued Apple, Netflix, Target and Whole Goods Market. Rackspace, good on you, the company didn’t give up by paying the $75000 the patent troll demanded for and fought the lawsuit.
Well, things didn’t go well for Mr Troll as Rotatable offered to withdraw its claim. Rackspace wouldn’t hear any of it and continued to push on. And this story has a happy ending for all us! Rackspace won! The patent was deemed unpatentable and now Rotatable is no more.
Can you believe what could have happened if the villain won? We could have had to pay just so our smartphone screens can rotate!
Source: Android Authority