Latest in Apple legal

Image credit:

Judge: Apple may not use term "patent troll" in court

Dave Caolo, @davidcaolo
July 3, 2014
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

Apple and Hawaii-based GPNE Corp are preparing for a legal battle that's being heard by judge Lucy Koh, who has instituted a "no name-calling" rule. Specifically, Judge Koh has told Apple's attorneys that they may not refer to GPNE Corp as "patent troll" or "privateer" or "bandit" while in front of a jury. Additionally, they may not tell a jury that GPNE is engaged in a "shakedown" or "playing the lawsuit lottery."

This is ironic, as GPNE appears to be the very definition of "patent troll." It manufactures nothing, and appears that is only "product" is making licensing demands for its patents. As of this writing, its website features the following four "news" items:

  1. April 8, 2014 GPNE Corp. enters into license agreement with CVS Pharmacy, Inc.
  2. April 1, 2014 GPNE Corp. enters into license agreement with The Kroger Co.
  3. March 25, 2014 GPNE Corp. enters into license agreement with ID Systems, Inc.
  4. March 14, 2014 GPNE Corp. enters into license agreement with Stanley Steemer International, Inc.
As for its beef with Apple, GPNE claims the iPad infringes on old patents on transmitting data over a network.
All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Facebook inexplicably logs out iPhone users

Facebook inexplicably logs out iPhone users

View
Microsoft reverses Xbox Live price hike, will add free multiplayer for some games

Microsoft reverses Xbox Live price hike, will add free multiplayer for some games

View
The first big 'Cyberpunk 2077' patch has arrived

The first big 'Cyberpunk 2077' patch has arrived

View
NBC is shutting down its sports cable channel as the bundle contracts

NBC is shutting down its sports cable channel as the bundle contracts

View
The Morning After: The Galaxy S21 reviews are in

The Morning After: The Galaxy S21 reviews are in

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr