January 28, 2013 AT 5:30 am

How Newegg crushed the “shopping cart” patent and saved online retail

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How Newegg crushed the “shopping cart” patent and saved online retail @ Ars Technica “It’s game over for a patent troll that sued nearly 50 big retailers.”

Patent trolling is based upon deficiencies in a critical, but underdeveloped, area of the law. The faster we drive these cases to verdict, and through appeal, and also get legislative reform on track, the faster our economy will be competitive in this critical area. We’re competing with other economies that are not burdened with this type of litigation. China doesn’t have this, South Korea doesn’t have this, Europe doesn’t have this.

Just in our experience, we’ve been hit by companies that claim to own the drop-down menu, or a search box, or Web navigation. In fact, I think there’s at least four that claim to ‘own’ some part of a search box.

It’s actually surprising how quickly people forget what Lemelson did. [referring to Jerome Lemelson, an infamous patent troll who used so-called "submarine patents" to make billions in licensing fees.] This activity is very similar. Trolls right now “submarine” as well. They use timing, like he used timing.

Then they pop up and say “Hello, surprise! Give us your money or we will shut you down!” Screw them. Seriously, screw them. You can quote me on that.

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Thank you Newegg & Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng. Adafruit buys a lot of gear from Newegg, if you want to support companies that fight patent trolls please support Newegg!


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