Rent a Cert had caused a stir in the tech world with its offer to “rent out” Cisco certified engineers and technicians as a way to boost the profile of middleman companies that sell Cisco products. These middle men need a certain amount of certified professionals to qualify as “Gold” or “Silver” Cisco partners. Critics said Rent A Cert was juking the system by pimping out credentials, while the company defended itself as a legitimate recruiting agency.
Cisco hired Fenwick late last year to crush the Web site in the way that big firm lawyers do. Fenwick sent a lawyer letter to Rent A Cert’s Internet host asking it to take down the site. The Fenwick lawyers wrote that Rent A Cert was committing fraud with its scheme and trademark infringement by using the Cisco logo.
The plot thickens … after the jump: