I received an interesting note from our old friend and colleague Carl Roberts of Ballard Spahr LLP with reference to Monday's post about the patent troll which has filed suit against a number of e-discovery companies. Here's what Carl had to say:
From a preliminary read of the patent, it looks as though the inventors' "research" consisted of thumbing through Winning with Computers(Tredennick, ed., published by LPM in 1991). The chapters by Cwiklo and Horton are particularly close. If it weren't for the money being wasted in legal fees, it would be an interesting tangle.
I've not yet read these chapters, though Carl was kind enough to send them. But if what he has to say is accurate - and Carl is usually precise - this might be some very nice heavy artillery for the e-discovery firms under fire.
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