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Red Hat, Rackspace win early dismissal of Uniloc patent suit

Chris Kanaracus | April 1, 2013
Red Hat and Rackspace have won an early dismissal of a patent infringement claim brought by Uniloc, in a decision the companies are hailing as a potential landmark in intellectual property law.

The early dismissal "delivers a clear message that patent assertion entities can't expect quick settlements on weak claims, a tactic many patent assertion entities use to monetize questionable patents," Rackspace general counsel Alan Schoenbaum said in another statement.

In addition, Davis' ruling has set a potentially important precedent, as it is the "first reported instance in which the Eastern District of Texas has granted an early motion to dismiss finding a patent invalid because it claimed unpatentable subject matter," according to the companies. The court has been viewed as overly favorable toward plaintiffs in patent cases.

 

 

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