Intellectual Ventures, the Bellevue-based company led by former Microsoft technology chief Nathan Myhrvold, has filed suit against camera giant Nikon in federal court in Delaware, adding to a growing list of legal cases for IV.

“We have attempted to engage in licensing discussions with Nikon, but those discussions did not progress,” the company says in a blog post. “Filing a patent infringement complaint in the U.S. District Court of Delaware was the right business decision for us in order to protect the value of our patents.”

Here’s a copy of the suit and a list of the patents cited by Intellectual Ventures:

Intellectual Ventures this year has signed patent licensing deals with companies including American Express, Samsung, HTC, Rim, Pantech, SAP, Micron, and Wistron. It has filed suit against companies including Symantec, Trend Micro, Dell and HP. Recently IV sued Motorola, which is in the process of being acquired by Google, one of Intellectual Ventures’ investors.

Comments

  • Adam

    I guess you had better pay Nate his money or he’ll sue you. Sounds like IV is turning into a bunch of goons shaking money out of everybody rather than building anything worthwhile these days. Gross.

    • John

      IV has invested billions of dollars in patents.  Believe it or not, they are helping the little inventor out there.  Just remember the guy who invented the intermittent windshield wiper who was screwed by Ford and GM.  If you are an individual inventor with a good idea…IV is a company that can protect you from the large corporations who will squash you in litigation.

      Also, IV does has some amazing products they are producing.  Their TerraPower company may solve our global  energy problem; their malaria laser zapper may eliminate malira; their StratoShield may allow us to control global climate change….the list goes on.  

      It’s easy to peg these guys as patent trolls.  However, there is something greater going on here that the public doesn’t see.  Also, remember, this is a small company taking on the giants…what’s wrong with that?  These big companies need to be kept in check…if IV doesn’t keep them honest who will?

    • John

      IV has invested billions of dollars in patents.  Believe it or not, they are helping the little inventor out there.  Just remember the guy who invented the intermittent windshield wiper who was screwed by Ford and GM.  If you are an individual inventor with a good idea…IV is a company that can protect you from the large corporations who will squash you in litigation.

      Also, IV does has some amazing products they are producing.  Their TerraPower company may solve our global  energy problem; their malaria laser zapper may eliminate malira; their StratoShield may allow us to control global climate change….the list goes on.  

      It’s easy to peg these guys as patent trolls.  However, there is something greater going on here that the public doesn’t see.  Also, remember, this is a small company taking on the giants…what’s wrong with that?  These big companies need to be kept in check…if IV doesn’t keep them honest who will?

      • Guest

        Thank you, John. Intellectual Ventures is solving the major geopolitical issues of our time with science and with technology. To stoke this engine they need money. When global warming is cured, will anyone really remember these little dust-ups involving technopatents?

      • Guest

        Thank you, John. Intellectual Ventures is solving the major geopolitical issues of our time with science and with technology. To stoke this engine they need money. When global warming is cured, will anyone really remember these little dust-ups involving technopatents?

      • Guest

        Thank you, John. Intellectual Ventures is solving the major geopolitical issues of our time with science and with technology. To stoke this engine they need money. When global warming is cured, will anyone really remember these little dust-ups involving technopatents?

    • John

      IV has invested billions of dollars in patents.  Believe it or not, they are helping the little inventor out there.  Just remember the guy who invented the intermittent windshield wiper who was screwed by Ford and GM.  If you are an individual inventor with a good idea…IV is a company that can protect you from the large corporations who will squash you in litigation.

      Also, IV does has some amazing products they are producing.  Their TerraPower company may solve our global  energy problem; their malaria laser zapper may eliminate malira; their StratoShield may allow us to control global climate change….the list goes on.  

      It’s easy to peg these guys as patent trolls.  However, there is something greater going on here that the public doesn’t see.  Also, remember, this is a small company taking on the giants…what’s wrong with that?  These big companies need to be kept in check…if IV doesn’t keep them honest who will?

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  • Zippysmugdust

    Good to see that the remora is at it again. 

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