On November 3, 2010, Gemini IP LLC filed a lawsuit against various technology companies, including Citrix Systems, Inc., LogMeIn, Inc., Best Buy Co., Bomgar Corporation, AT&T, Inc., Xerox Corporation, Symantec Corporation, Sony Corporation of America, and ScreenConnect. The lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, alleges patent infringement and seeks an unspecified amount for damages and injunctive relief.
Gemini IP LLC is owned by Erich Spangenberg, who is often referred to as a “patent troll.” Patent trolls are individuals or companies that buy up patents, even though the individual is unlikely to be an inventor and the company is unlikely to have any operations. Then, these patents are used to sue other companies for patent infringement. The process works quite well for the patent trolls, especially since the high cost of litigation forces smaller companies to settle to avoid going to court.
Currently, the case is still pending and no presiding judge has been decided.
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