Apple, Research in Motion, and a gaggle of other deep-pocket firms have been slapped with a wide-ranging patent infringment suit by an obscure Texas firm.
The suit was filed in – where else? – the patent infringement capital of the US, the District Court of the Eastern District of Texas. The judge assigned to the case is – who else? – Leonard Davis, who is currently presiding over or has recently closed hundreds of patent infringement cases, including the recent decision that outlawed Microsoft Word.
To put it bluntly, the case has all the earmarks of typical East Texas trolling. The plaintiff, SmartPhone Technologies LLC, has no website, doesn’t show up in the business directory of its stated hometown of Frisco, Texas, and a search for businesses listed at the address it provides in court documents, 6136 Frisco Square Boulevard, Suite 400, turns up merely law offices, mortgage brokers, a psychotherapist, and – amusingly – a document-shredding service.