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Cloudflare coughs up a few grand for prior-art torpedoes to sink troll

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DDoS blocker well on its way to nuking Blackbird Tech in patent showdown

The DDoS shield said that its ongoing campaign against Blackbird Technologies LLC, a law firm based in Boston, Massachusetts, has cost it a few pennies – $7,500 specifically – to cover bounties on 15 examples of prior art that could be used to invalidate Blackbird's patents.

Dubbed Project Jango, the campaign seeks to invalidate the patents Cloudflare says Blackbird is using to unfairly target companies with lawsuits in hope of making a quick buck on settlements.

Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince said his biz has received more than 230 submissions so far, and of those, 15 have been accepted for an average payout of $500 apiece.

"We have already come across a number of standouts that appear to be strong contenders for invalidating many of the Blackbird Tech patents," Prince wrote in a company blog post.

"This means it is time for us to launch the first formal challenge against a Blackbird patent (besides our own), AND distribute the first round of the bounty to 15 recipients totaling $7,500."

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