It looks like Apple is feeling bullish after its recent patent win over Samsung.
Polish news site Telepolis reports that the
Cupertino-based tech company has set its lawsuit-happy sights on another company
over trademark issues. Only this time it's not a
global tech company that happens to make an iPhone-like smartphone--it's an
online Polish grocery site called A.pl.
This is a fairly common technique by rascally companies.
In 2008, Monster Cable sent a letter to Blue Jeans Cable claiming
infringement of intellectual property and demanding royalties. Blue Jeans
Cable's response to Monster Cable's lawyers, while long, is a hoot.
(Monster made the mistake of trying to intimidate a reformed lawyer.)
"I say this because my observation has been that Monster Cable typically
operates in a hit-and-run fashion. Your client threatens litigation,
expecting the victim to panic and plead for mercy; and what follows is a
quickie negotiation session that ends with payment and a licensing
agreement. Your client then uses this collection of licensing agreements to
convince others under similar threat to accede to its demands. Let me be
clear about this: there are only two ways for you to get anything out of me.
You will either need to (1) convince me that I have infringed, or (2) obtain
a final judgment to that effect from a court of competent jurisdiction. It
may be that my inability to see the pragmatic value of settling frivolous
claims is a deep character flaw, and I am sure a few of the insurance
carriers for whom I have done work have seen it that way; but it is how I
have done business for the last quarter-century and you are not going to
change my mind. If you sue me, the case will go to judgment, and I will
hold the court's attention upon the merits of your claims--or, to speak more
precisely, the absence of merit from your claims--from start to finish. Not
only am I unintimidated by litigation; I sometimes rather miss it."
As I said, the response to Monster's demand letter is lengthy, but it's
really fun to see a bully get his comeuppance.
(Monster Cable once threatened to sue a day-care center whose name was
"Monster Day Care" for infringement of intellectual property!)
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