The French telephone conglomerate bought Lucent Technologies back in 2006 acquiring a vast portfolio of patents, many originally obtained by the old Bell Labs.
With all of these patents now there’s you would think that they would start showcasing new products. Right?
Nope, they start issuing licenses demands on their patents. However, they made the mistake of sending their licensure demand to Newegg. Newegg viewed this as patent trolling. Newegg doesn’t settle with patent trolls, ever.
The jury found the patents invalid.
The appeals court found the patents invalid.
Newegg Chief Legal Officer, Lee Cheng, talks about Lucent’s corporate representatives testimony:
“Successful defendants have their litigation managed by people who care,” said Cheng. “For me, it’s easy. I believe in Newegg, I care about Newegg. Alcatel Lucent, meanwhile, they drag out some random VPâ€”who happens to be a decorated Navy veteran, who happens to be handsome and has a beautiful wife and kidsâ€”but the guy didn’t know what patents were being asserted. What a joke.”
I think I want to put a framed and autographed 8×10 glossy photograph of Mr. Cheng on my desk.