Our colleague Joe Mullin reports on how much money a convicted felon can make as a patent troll. Let’s just say its more than enough to post bond. (If you need additional inducement to click through to the story, the settlement amount that said felonious patent troll negotiated with the always buzzworthy Apple is revealed!)
Speaking of Apple, Steve Jobs got his precious little iPhone sued by Nokia for patent infringement. And the Am Law Daily notes that Quinn Emanuel, a firm that Nokia had used in the past, is not working on the case. Instead Nokia is using Alston & Bird, an Atlanta-based firm that’s not afraid to sue Apple. Alston is also working on a patent case for Elan, which claims that some widget or another that Steve Jobs invented is infringing its patents.
And finally, the aggressive campaign by memory stick maker SanDisk to beat everyone over the head with its patents ran into some trouble today, as Bloomberg reports. The ITC found that four companies, Silicon Motion Technology Corp., Phison Electronics Corp., Skymedi Corp and Imation Corp., aren’t infringing. Wilson Sonsini and Jones Day were on the business end of the ITC decision Friday, but had previously won or settled against some other companies that SanDisk sued.
— Zusha Elinson