Sunday, June 6, 2010

RFID Patent Lawsuit Early Warning

According to the recent article by Bloomberg Businessweek, entitled "Billion-Dollar Lawyer Desmarais Quits Firm to Troll for Patents" (, Round Rock Research LLC became the second-largest NPE following the Intellectual Ventures by acquiring a portfolio of 4,500 patents from Micron Technology Inc., the biggest U.S. maker of semiconductor chips. Round Rock Research LLC is founded by John Desmarais, a famous patent attorney for his won in a $1.52 billion verdict for Alcatel-Lucent against Microsoft in 2007.

One interesting point to me is that the Micron Technology is one of key IPR holders in RFID essential technologies. According to the patent research for major RFID IPR shareholders (, Micron Technology held a portfolio of 123 issued RFID patents in the US as of January 1, 2009.

As John Desmarais is starting a look for potential infringers of the patents owned by Round Rock Research, a big patent lawsuit could happen someday when the current fragmented RFID market is matured and money making products are appeared.

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