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Wednesday, 11 May 2011 13:28

Klausner sues the world

Written by Nick Farell
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Patent troll aims high
Klausner Technologies has launched a dozen new lawsuits against major technology companies for infringing on its visual voicemail patents. While the outfit is very small, it has sued some companies with big names, including Toshiba, NEC, Samsung, Alcatel-Lucent, and Siemens.

At the centre of the row are 24 patents central to visual voicemail, which Judah Klausner pioneered back in the 1970s while doing work on early PDA technologies. Klausner’s patents seem to be holding up with no one challenging their validity. Apple, Sprint, and Google signed up rather than be sued.

Judah Klausner said in a statement that 33 outfits have signed patent license agreements and he will not allow unlicensed companies to get away with it. The companies targeted in the new round of lawsuits are Shortel, Toshiba, Mitel, J3 Global Communications, Alcatel-Lucent, Paetec, Primus Telecommunications, Samsung, Siemens Enterprise Communications, Windstream Corporation, NEC, and XO Holdings.

The suits have all been filed in the Eastern District of Texas.


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+5 #1 Haberlandt 2011-05-11 16:32
Suing spree!
 
 
+13 #2 gsacks 2011-05-11 17:06
If the person doing the suing is the person who actually pioneered the technology and acquired the patents though his own ingenuity, he can hardly be called a patent troll. More like an inventor legitimately protecting his IP.
 
 
+8 #3 magius 2011-05-12 04:18
Quoting gsacks:
If the person doing the suing is the person who actually pioneered the technology and acquired the patents though his own ingenuity, he can hardly be called a patent troll. More like an inventor legitimately protecting his IP.

And if the person doing the suing is the person who actually received patents for some vaguely related ideas that could apply to anything related to voicemail and on top sues on the most patent-troll friendly place on earth it can be called a patent troll.

I think we would need to check those patents and see if they would hold anywhere else.
 
 
+2 #4 JAB Creations 2011-05-12 17:33
Judah Klausner? Sounds jewish.
 
 
0 #5 Steve-O 2011-05-12 18:19
East Texas you say? The patently trolliest pantent troller paradise for patent trolls!
 
 
0 #6 unknown555525 2011-05-14 08:23
I don't think this guy understands the concept of a patent. His patent would have expired quite some time ago, and internet technology really hasn't been around for all that long. You can't wait 40 years until people finally start using your invention to go out there and sue them, his term is OVER, he has no case. Patents in the US last about 20 years, after which any one has free rights to market your idea.
 

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