SparkFun Hooks a Patent Troll

Sparkfun patent

SparkFun Hooks a Patent Troll, will post more about this later (just saw this now before our shows tonight) –

Wait wait wait. You’re suing us over the pcDuino from 2016? We stopped selling that board in 2017. Nothing against pcDuino, it was a neat little single board computer for its time, but of all the products we sell you pick that board? Why? I suspect it has something to do with Al’s previous wins against companies unfortunate enough to use a processor that used the term ‘media’ in their datasheets. Or perhaps it was the approximate date that web.archive.org had data on SparkFun’s website. It’s 2016 – their patent doesn’t expire until 2018…

We’ve sold 221 units over the entire time we carried the pcDuino. You want to sue us for $500 worth of made-up royalties to use your bogus patent? Sure. Come get it.

Read more.


Update: 7/1/2021 – Hackernews.
Post on BoingBoing – SparkFun’s CEO vs. patent troll.


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