Aiming for the Big Guys, i.e. ridiculous lawsuits
Its tough being on top and even tougher to stay there. Not only must you be on the cutting edge of technology and advancement, advertising and marketing, but all of the little guys in the pond are trying to take you down or get there cut. Hence seems to be the case with California based company named Shared Memory Graphics which is reportedly sueing Apple and other major companies over a two graphic accelerator systems patented by the company.
According to MacWorld, “The two patents, originally owned by Alliance Semiconductor, describe ways in which microprocessors fine-tune graphics by balancing the flow of data from various sources.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the suit was filed at the U.S. District Court of Arkansas and demands unspecified monetary damages.
The plaintiff’s attorneys are fighting for a “reasonable royalty” from Apple, Sony, Nintendo, along with enhanced damages from Sony.
Apple had no comment to make on the lawsuit filed late last week.”
Whether or not the small business has a legitimate claim against Apple and others, it will be interesting to see how the story unfolds, and whether or not Apple and the other companies will simply settle out of court with the plaintiffs so as to avoid any media attention, or if they will go to trial and risk exposure or something else.
Personally it seems silly that companies like this are allowed to file suit against major corporations simply to try and settle out of court and make a fast buck. While companies like Apple can withstand this small attacks, our legal system seems broken in allowing the overuse and abuse of sueing and patent conflicts.