One of the world’s richest and most powerful trolls has been defeated. Australian company Uniloc, which claimed to be a software developer, has in fact been a patent troll for a long time now and has been constantly harassing hardware and software developers all over the world with lawsuits. In 1996, Uniloc obtained a patent for a software activation method, and it became a golden goose for the opportunistic Australians.
However, today all their victims, including Microsoft and Electronic Arts, can finally breathe freely again. The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) at the US Patent and Trademark Office has invalidated this patent as part of an Inter Parties Review (IPR) program. Lately, the owners of software patents are facing more and more problems in court, especially after the precedent with the Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank case.
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