X-Plane & Uniloc

A few weeks ago I alluded in class to the lawsuit facing my favourite (ok, pretty well the only) commercial flight sim X-Plane which appears to be in quite a fight against a “patent assertion entity”.

Here is a link as promised to the relevant page from the X-Plane website: http://www.x-plane.com/x-world/lawsuit/

Also via Claudio Satorelli a graduate of the MDM program at the Centre for Digital Media a reason TV story about the lawsuit featuring Austin Meyer the founder of X-Plane as well as comments from the Electronic Frontier Foundation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDg-Wh0XA-w&list=PLEqpzAExPV-xr9gIhSqLMxTSXrimGF6pA&index=11

Any thoughts/reactions/perspectives?


1 thought on “X-Plane & Uniloc

  1. Brendan DePoe

    The SHIELD Act (http://pdfserver.amlaw.com/cc/SHIELDAct113th_final.pdf) was just reintroduced in the US. Hopefully it curtails this type of law suit:

    “The SHIELD Act is an important step in the much needed process of common-sense patent reform. The key provision in the bill is a new “loser pays” rule, which would require the party alleging infringement to pay the defendant’s costs if the court finds that the patent at issue was not infringed or was invalid. This mechanism greatly diminishes the incentive for trolls to file frivolous suits against vulnerable companies. Whereas filing countless lawsuits against any potential defendant is currently a consequence-free roll of the dice for the troll, the SHIELD Act will dampen that strategy by making them pay when they lose.”

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/economy-a-budget/285999-forging-a-shield-against-patent-trolls#ixzz2N0wWRIID


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