Patent Trolls Get Warning Shot With RICO Suit

Law360, New York (February 8, 2013, 7:30 PM EST) -- For companies seeking novel ways to counter infringement litigation by patent trolls and other nonpracticing entities, a recent decision throwing out Cisco Systems Inc.'s racketeering suit against a company called Innovatio IP Ventures LLC is a setback, attorneys say, but won't be the end of efforts to fight back against NPEs.

The suit claimed Innovatio had made false statements in patent licensing letters sent to thousands of hotels, cafes and other businesses that used Cisco products to offer Wi-Fi to customers. Its actions amounted to a...
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