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The Absurdity Continues: Blackbird Cast as Latest Patent Troll

Two days ago, TechCrunch published an article touting an important victory by Cloudflare against an evil patent troll—Blackbird Technologies. In the article there is no mention of any inappropriate tactics used by Blackbird, and there is nothing to suggest that Cloudflare was not infringing the patents they were accused to have infringed. In fact, that article seems to practically admit that Cloudflare was infringing on the patents because the defense tactic used by Cloudflare was not to argue that they were not infringing, but instead to argue that the patent claims asserted were invalid. Indeed, on November 4, Cloudflare published a description of their strategy, which does not mention anything about demonstrating that they were not infringing the patents issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Instead, the strategy was to: (1) not settle; (2) make a public cry for help and seek the submission of prior art that might invalidate the patent claims they were facing; and (3) file ethics complaints against the attorneys representing Blackbird. In this case, the Blackbird patent claims were found invalid. Cheering for Cloudflare, who had no reason to know that at the time they recklessly infringed those claims, is beyond the pale and speaks volumes as to why innovators are leaving America and heading to Europe, China and elsewhere around the world.

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