Beware of Patent Troll

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  1. Thank You Katie
    I appreciate the heads up.
    Keep us posted

    Kevin Lynch

  2. Thanks for the info . Seems to be a trending topic . Just heard a story on NPR this morning about a guy who is suing people who do podcasts . He says he patented the idea many years ago . He does have the patent but he never described the process. Nonetheless he is suing people who have podcasts for a licensing fee.
    Ta very similar to the MLS using zoom photos of the homes and NAR having to pay a licensing fee.
    Hopefully this will get sorted out in legislation where the end user is not penalized . thanks again for keeping us up to date and informed . Your work is appreciated .

  3. Jim Plante

    I disagree with one of the suggested actions: Ignore it.
    You should never ignore an accusation of wrongdoing. Instead,
    1) Respond at once. Preferably within a few days.
    2) Deny each specific allegation of wrongdoing.
    3) Demand specifics: What equipment do you think we’re using? In what way have we used that specific equipment to infringe your patent? When do you allege that we have done this/these thing(s)? What evidence do you have that an employee, agent, or principal of this firm perpetrated this infringement?

    If you’re gonna do it, you don’t need to talk about it unless notice is required as a matter of law. So do not threaten–not legal action, not physical abuse, nor to marry his sister–do not make threats. Just deny and demand.

  4. Merribeth Burns

    I agree with Jim Plante. If this becomes a widespread issue, the Indiana Attorney General’s office should be made aware of the situation, so they can address the issue and nip it in the bud.

  5. Keith Stephens

    I am wondering – since we all pay dues to NAR – why is NAR not taking an aggressive stand legally in our behalf?

  6. Why should we even give a second thought to this type of letter? If anyone is at fault it is the product manufacturers. NAR should have never made us pay for the mapping software that we lease. NAR just opened the door and encouraged others to try the same thing.

  7. I agree with Keith Stephens. I think NAR should be defending us against this. This makes me wonder exactly what are we paying out dues for? Does NAR actually work for the agents or just trying to fine another way to sell out the agents and drain more money from out pocketbooks?