Software and tech companies might have just scored a victory in their almost never ending battle against patent trolls and their often frivolous patent claims.
The US Supreme Court has just handed down a ruling that upheld a new government process that allowed challenges to the validity of patents to be held before the Patent and Trademark Office PTO instead of a federal court, significantly cutting down on trial costs.
The process has been largely hailed by companies like Google and Apple in aiding them in fending off patent trolls.
A few years back, such businesses have been enjoying popularity and revenue in suing even giant tech companies over patents that would sometimes be deemed invalid later on.
Previously, Cuozzo lost a patent case against navigation company Garmin, whom it accused of infringing on its patent for alerting drivers when they have exceed a speed limit.
Those "strong" patent obstacles have been traditionally used pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to actually fend off frivolous patent lawsuits, considering the amount of work and money needed to get those usually million dollar patents invalidated.