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[ NNSquad ] Meet the patent troll suing everyone over SSL

Meet the patent troll suing everyone over SSL

http://j.mp/UF1xpq  (Forbes)

    Spangenberg says that TQP acquired Jones' patent from Crain
    Communications in 2006, at a time when renowned cryptography guru
    Bruce Schneier was advising his firm. But when I reached Schneier for
    comment, he told me a very different story: Schneier says he worked
    with Michael Jones on a technology related to secure payment systems
    in the 1990s. But since Jones' work was acquired by TQP and used for
    lawsuits, he's actually consulted to a half-dozen defendants in
    Spangenberg's cases, many of whom settled for undisclosed sums rather
    than risk an expensive trial.  Schneier describes TQP as a "really bad
    patent troll" and the intellectual property it's using to cudgel
    defendants as a "crappy patent" that ought to be invalidated by prior
    art-evidence of previous invention of the same technology.

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