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Facebook, Motorola, Others Sued over Memory Storage Tech

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Patent troll targeting top tech companies in lawsuit.

Motorola Mobility, Adobe, LinkedIn, Facebook, Citigroup, Orbitz, Morgan Stanley and UBS Financial Services are being targeted by Parallel Iron, which alleges that its storage system patent has been violated.

The patent "Methods and systems for a storage system" describes a redundant storage system in an on-line transaction processing environment with multiple switches and a management system that can detect errors, generate messages based on those errors, initiate a backup, and deactivate affected memory sections automatically. The patent covers HDDs, cached disk arrays, as well as solid state media as storage devices.

The patent has been revised twice since its original publication in March of 2007 and was transferred from the inventor Ring Technology to Parallel Iron in 2010. The infringement claim does not mention any specific products that violate the patent, but Parallel Iron is asking the court for an injunction to keep the defendants from further infringement. As usual, Parallel Iron is also asking for damages, costs, expenses, and prejudgment and post-judgment interest.

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    isoomega , July 18, 2012 3:17 PM
    I'm finding that patent infringement is getting out of hand........ guess that is the new norm to make profits nowadays :D 
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    hoofhearted , July 18, 2012 3:24 PM
    Everybody is trying to get their piece of the pie, whether it is theirs for the taking or not.
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    azathoth , July 18, 2012 3:25 PM
    "The infringement claim does not mention any specific products that violate the patent"

    "We don't actually know if there's infringement, but these giant tech companies must be using this extremely broad patent somewhere."

    -This is my understanding.
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    ddpruitt , July 18, 2012 3:42 PM
    I fail to see how someone can even file a lawsuit for infringement if they don't mention what products are infringing. Reminds me of something I saw on Wikipedia regarding a law article "The solution was criticized because it was practical".
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    back_by_demand , July 18, 2012 3:49 PM
    Surely the list of people being sued are users, not providers, of storage systems that could potentially violate the patent
    ...
    Last time I checked Morgan Stanley, UBS and Citigroup were banks, not manufacturers of hard drives
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    Anonymous , July 18, 2012 4:13 PM
    I think the next patent troll company that makes a mockery of the patent system - and loses in court, should have the entire staff of the company dragged out, thrown up against a wall, and shot.

    That'll send a clear message to other would-be patent troll companies out there.

    But... that's just my opinion :D 
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    freggo , July 18, 2012 4:17 PM
    and kindly keep in mind whatever settlement comes of it, we, the consumers, ultimately pay the bill !

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    rocknrollz , July 18, 2012 4:58 PM
    I doubt it is the product they are selling. As none of these company's mentioned produce hard drives. I think it means the way their servers are being used.
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    Anonymous , July 18, 2012 5:22 PM
    troll much? this is just sad...
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    opmopadop , July 18, 2012 6:01 PM
    IJustWantToPost18I think the next patent troll company that makes a mockery of the patent system - and loses in court, should have the entire staff of the company dragged out, thrown up against a wall, and shot.

    Apple?
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    victorintelr , July 18, 2012 6:45 PM
    IJustWantToPost18I think the next patent troll company that makes a mockery of the patent system - and loses in court, should have the entire staff of the company dragged out, thrown up against a wall, and shot. That'll send a clear message to other would-be patent troll companies out there. But... that's just my opinion


    opmopadopApple?


    I think it should be just the law department and the highest executives, since they are the ones that in the end give the orders and prepare the troll lawsuits.
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    Tab54o , July 18, 2012 6:52 PM
    They should just ditch the whole system for large companies and let them run as patent anarchy. reserve the patent system for small start ups and individuals who need the protection.
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    nebun , July 18, 2012 7:00 PM
    isoomegaI'm finding that patent infringement is getting out of hand........ guess that is the new norm to make profits nowadays

    the whole system is flawed...what did you expect....they need to get rid of it
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    Camikazi , July 18, 2012 8:40 PM
    IJustWantToPost18I think the next patent troll company that makes a mockery of the patent system - and loses in court, should have the entire staff of the company dragged out, thrown up against a wall, and shot. That'll send a clear message to other would-be patent troll companies out there. But... that's just my opinion

    Doesn't have to be the whole staff, just the lawyers those damn lawyers cause all this trouble and they take most all the money too.
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    therabiddeer , July 18, 2012 10:55 PM
    Funny thing is, these large companies buy the storage tech from other companies. Namely, the companies that create their storage solutions. Like Dell or HP. They are suing people that use the tech that they bought from another company, instead of the company that made the tech... even though the companies that made the tech have been making it for far longer than the patent has existed.
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    f-14 , July 18, 2012 11:03 PM
    back_by_demandSurely the list of people being sued are users, not providers, of storage systems that could potentially violate the patent...Last time I checked Morgan Stanley, UBS and Citigroup were banks, not manufacturers of hard drives

    when they are the largest shareholder of the company in violation that makes them the majority OWNER.
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    AMD Radeon , July 19, 2012 8:57 AM
    another f***ing patent abuse :mad: 
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    stephenkendrick , July 19, 2012 12:26 PM
    CamikaziDoesn't have to be the whole staff, just the lawyers those damn lawyers cause all this trouble and they take most all the money too.


    Agreed. Oh, and not shot; that's too quick. Come on, what would be a suitable 'reward' for all their 'hard work'?