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MPHJ Technology Investments

The FTC has finalized a settlement agreement with MPHJ and the company’s law firm, Farney Daniels.  Under the FTC’s final order, MPHJ, MPHJ’s owner Jay Mac Rust, and law firm Farney Daniels, are prohibited from making “false or unsubstantiated” representations that a patent has been licensed in substantial numbers or has been licensed at particular prices when asserting their patent rights.  Additional details about this agreement can be found here:

The decision and order by the FTC can be found here: “FTC Decision and Order”

MPHJ Technology Investments, LLC,  and its law firm, Farney Daniels LLP, have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they used deceptive sales claims and phony legal threats in letters that accused thousands of small businesses around the United States of patent infringement by scanning paper documents to email. The settlement would bar the company and the law firm from making deceptive representations when asserting patent rights.

Examples of the forbidden false statements include claims that others have taken licenses, and threats of imminent lawsuits without actual intent and preparation.  When the settlement is approved, each violation would incur penalty of up to $16,000.   The limitations appear to bind all the parties in the enforcement of any patent, not just the copier/scanner system patents that were the subject of the MPHJ licensing campaign. (November 6, 2014)
FTC Settlement

MPHJ Awarded Attorneys' Fees Against Outgoing Nebraska Attorney General (December 4, 2014)

Notorious ‘scanner troll’ gets no succor from Federal Circuit (August 12, 2014)

New York Attorney General  Announces Groundbreaking Settlement with Abusive “Patent Troll” MPHJ Technology Investments, LLC (January 14, 2014)

Assurance of Discontinuance - NY AG & MPHJ (January 13, 2014)

State of Nebraska, Office of Attorney General’s Cease and Desist Letter to Farney Daniels LLP, Counsel for MPHJ Technology Investments, LLC, (July 18, 2013)

Eighth Circuit says Neb. AG's patent troll appeal not frivolous, (Jan 7, 2014)

State of Minnesota, Office of Attorney General’s Press Release Regarding Stopping MPHJ Technology Investments, LLC from “Patent Trolling” in the State of Minnesota, Minnesota Attorney General's Press Release, August 20, 2013

Innovatio

Wi-Fi patent troll will only get 3.2 cents per router from Cisco, Ars Technica (Feb. 6, 2014)

Cisco Loses Suit Against Innovatio Wi-Fi Licensing Campaign, Telecompaper (Feb. 7, 2013)

Patent Trolls Get Warning Shot With RICO Suit, LAW360 (Feb 8, 2013)

Cisco, Motorola Patent Owner Racketeering Claims Rejected, Bloomberg (Feb 5, 2013)

"Cisco takes aim at Mosaid with patent barbs," Ottawa Citizen (Nov. 21, 2012)

Cisco, Motorola Solutions Accuse Patent Holder of Fraud (Oct. 1, 2012)

"Judge: Sniffing Unencrypted Wi-Fi is Not Snooping - Patent Troll Innovatio IP Used Snooped Data as Evidence", DSLReports.com, ISP Information (September 10, 2012)

Raymond Niro’s response to the March 18, 2012 IPWatchdog interview: “Setting the Record Straight on the Innovatio Patent Portfolio,”
IPWatchdog (March 21, 2012)

Interview with Innovatio Counsel Raymond Niro: “An Exclusive Interview with Ray Niro, Mr. Patent Litigation,” IPWatchdog (March 18, 2012)

Innovatio’s Infringement Suit Rampage Expands to Corporate Hotels,” The Patent Examiner (September 30, 2011)

NPE Litigation Reform

Lawyers Weigh In On Obama 'Patent Troll' Initiatives, Law360, June 5, 2013

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