Ruling goes against Cisco in counterattack on "patent trolls"

02/6/2013 | Wall Street Journal, The

A legal challenge by Cisco Systems to a campaign by a patent-licensing firm suffered a setback when a federal judge in Chicago ruled that aggressive patent claims are protected by the First Amendment. Innovatio IP Ventures was legally entitled to send out 8,000 letters to Cisco, Motorola Solutions and Netgear customers, claiming that they may be violating Innovatio's patents, U.S. District Judge James Holderman decided.

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