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Uniloc Founder Responds to Patent Troll Accusations

Recently, we reported that Luxembourg software company Uniloc filed lawsuits against Mojang and EA, among many others. Uniloc's history, which we also described in detail, showed that the company isn't shy about slapping companies with lawsuits.

Apparently, after hearing the news that Uniloc was suing Mojang, plenty of fans sent Ric Richardson, Uniloc's founder, plenty of nasty emails and tweets, accusing him of being a patent troll. Richardson took to his personal blog to defend himself from these accusations. He first pointed out that none of the filings from July 20th had anything to do with him as he didn't file these patents and is a non-majority shareholder at the company.

He then defended himself and the company by stating that:

"From the first day the importance of patents was explained to me I have tried to act responsibly with the trust given to me by the many people who gave their time, effort and investment to help insure the technologies ultimate success.

"Well back in 1992 when I invented the 216 Uniloc technology it truly was unique. No one had done this before. In the early 90's we did "try and buy" cover disk campaigns on magazines that travelled the world. In fact if most software designers are honest they will agree that the idea of locking serial numbers to specific machines came from products they saw that somehow link back to those early days.

"Yes. I filed a patent back then.

Well I'm sorry if you don't think its[sic] right to protect yourself. I think it's irresponsible to involve others in an enterprise when you don't do everything you reasonably can to protect their interests as well as your own."

He ended his post by accusing those who emailed him of "making inflammatory remarks from the cheap seats. The Internet can be a real disappointing place when people can mouth off without taking responsibility for their actions. Just sad."

His blog post also included a poll that asked whether or not patents should be done away with. Currently, the option that states: "No. Just software patents" sits in the lead with 1253 votes at 57%.


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