Jackson Walker partner Chris Rourk spoke with Asia IP, a leading international IP news journal, about two patent infringement suits filed by Stingray IP Solutions in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas on January 29, 2021. In the suits, Stingray claimed Samsung Electronics violated eight of its Internet of Things (IoT)-related patents, prompting speculation that Stingray could be a patent troll.
In the article, Chris notes that the term “patent troll” is generally considered to mean a non-practicing entity that asserts meritless patent claims for nuisance settlement amounts, although it has also been applied to companies like IBM.
“While Stingray appears to be a non-practicing entity and could be called a patent troll, it would require a more in-depth analysis to determine whether the patents being asserted against Samsung in the litigation are valid, or if they have claims that are directed to anything of commercial value,” Chris noted.
To read more, see the Asia IP article “Samsung sued for alleged Smart Home Patent infringement in America” (subscription required). For questions related to patent infringement, please contact Chris at email@example.com.
Christopher J. Rourk is a Dallas intellectual property attorney with extensive experience handling high-profile matters for clients, both those dealing with all aspects of intellectual property as well as corporate transactions, commercial litigation and other complex interdisciplinary matters. He has prosecuted over 400 patents to issuance in diverse technological fields such as nanotechnology devices, semiconductor systems and devices, radio frequency systems and devices, analog systems and devices, telecommunications systems and devices, medical devices, image data processing systems and devices, and consumer electronics. His unique combination of ten years of work experience as an engineer and diverse legal experience has given him insight into solutions for many business problems encountered by clients, as well as preventative measures and strategies for avoiding those problems.