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May 23, 2014 AT 12:00 am

Newegg beats another patent troll

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Newegg beats another patent troll.

“At Newegg, we’ve always believed paying off extortionists only encourages more extortion, and there had to be a negative consequence of suing Newegg without just cause. We insisted on seeking a return of our legal fees from Site Update Solutions. [Their] demand that we waive our right to seek fees for dropping a lawsuit that should not have been filed in the first place was outrageous. What a joke. We believe that trying to make a patent troll pay, no matter what amount, sends the clearest possible message to all abusive patent asserters and their contingency fee lawyers that if they file a frivolous lawsuit against Newegg, they will suffer some consequence, even if it is only making less money or having to do more work than they planned to. This case also provides an excellent template for how a well-managed and organized joint defense effort allows participants to not just bask in the glow of beating a patent troll, but also save money compared to paying off a patent troll. We hope that our work will provide a beacon of hope for real innovators and honest entrepreneurs facing demands from abusive patent asserters. We want to encourage other defendants to create as much friction as possible, rather than feeding the beast with easy settlement checks.”

–Lee Cheng, Newegg’s Chief Legal Officer

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2 Comments

  1. It’s great that you publicize Newegg’s hard work fighting patent trolls. The costs and risks they bear doing that work are very high, and we should all support them.

    On the flip side though, it is confusing to see that you still have Makerbot products in your store.

    http://www.openbeamusa.com/blog/2014/5/22/stay-classy-makerbot

  2. we are not stocking makerbots at this time, we haven’t for months. please see our post:
    https://www.adafruit.com/blog/2013/11/27/breaking-news-stratasys-sues-afinia-ramifications-for-the-desktop-3d-printing-industry/

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    Is Adafruit going to continue to sell Stratasys/MakerBot products and use their services? We do not know yet.

    We’re going to get as much information as soon as possible and make a decision if were going to continue sell products / use services from Stratasys. Right now we will start to research what is posted in the MAKE article by Michael Weinberg. We will post our comments, thoughts and decisions as we get more information.
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    we’re the only reseller for the open source TAZ bot:
    https://www.adafruit.com/products/1670

    and we have the printrbots:
    https://www.adafruit.com/search?q=printrbot

    it would be helpful if you could get the word out that we’re selling these so we can demonstrate the world wants an open printer.

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