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Patent Blogger and His Company Sued for Defamation

Posted Mar 17, 2008 9:13 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Two lawyers have filed defamation lawsuits against a blogger who called himself Patent Troll Tracker and the company that employed him, Cisco Systems Inc.

The blogger, Richard Frenkel, revealed his identity in February. He was still blogging anonymously when he posted the blog entries that prompted the suits, Texas Lawyer reports. The posts alleged that two Texas lawyers had conspired with the federal clerk’s office for the Eastern District to change the filing date of an infringement suit. The lawyers represented ESN, which sued Cisco for infringement of a patent issued on Oct. 16.

The filing date was moved forward by one day, to Oct. 16, the posts said. They alleged the change appeared to be an “outrageous” attempt to "try to manufacture subject matter jurisdiction."

"This is yet another example of the abusive nature of litigating patent cases in the Banana Republic of East Texas,” Frenkel wrote.

The suits claim the statements are untrue and defamatory.

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