Connecticut patent lawyer Wes Whitmeyer through his patent-holding company Whitserve LLC has started suing IP law firms across the country for patent infringement of his patented "patent payment management software".
Ever since Whitmeyer won a software patent infringement case before a federal jury against a competing company named CPi in May of this year in Hartford, Connecticut, Whitmeyer has picked up momentum. As Mullin writes:
"In one post-trial motion, Whitmeyer's lawyers ask for increased damages based in part on the fact that CPi's founder, Jerrold Van Winter, thought the WhitServe patents were "silly." In what appears to be a reference to an e-mail or message found during discovery, WhitServe's lawyers quote Van Winter as calling the WhitServe patents "the stupidest of all the stupid things i have ever seen. [It] proves the government is worse than worthless.""It is sweet justice that the patently befuddled legal system is now finding itself being attacked by the same patent weapons it has created.
People such as myself who vigorously oppose software patents are all for Whitmeyer and his campaign to apparently monopolize a part of the online patent payment business because it may finally wake up the sleeping establishment that has permitted the currently unjust patent system to develop and flourish, either that, or they will be slain by the same evil sword that they created.
Don't complain, you deserve it. People such as myself have been warning you all for years, but you have not been paying attention.