Praise Texas Judge for Dismissing Ridiculous Math Patent Lawsuit

Texas Court Patent Ruling

Target: Texas Federal Court Judge Davis

Goal: Praise Judge Davis for dismissing the lawsuit filed by Uniloc against website Rackspace in which Uniloc tried to claim copyright infringement on the grounds of a mathematical principal

A few days ago, Judge Davis of the Texas Federal Court dismissed a lawsuit filed by Uniloc, a company which is rather infamous for patent trolling, in which Uniloc tried to sue the website Rackspace merely for providing Linux-based web servers. Uniloc tried to claim that Rackspace’s server code was infringing on their patent for “a method for processing floating-point numbers” (what many people might also refer to as “math”).

When Rackspace moved to have the lawsuit dismissed on the grounds that the patent was impermissibly abstract (in layman’s terms, Uniloc tried to patent a key term used in mathematics), Judge Davis agreed, citing the fact that “the conversion of floating-point numbers has applications across fields as diverse as science, math, communications, security, graphics, and games. So allowing such a patent would impede the onward march of science.”  

Judge Davis’s ruling marks a big victory against patent trolls such as Uniloc, especially since it was made at the beginning of the case, sparing Rackspace thousands of dollars in legal fees. While Rackspace’s victory probably won’t do much to deter companies like Uniloc in the long run, it’s still a major step in the right direction and will hopefully make patent troll companies think twice before making such outrageous claims in the future. Help thank Judge Davis for his stand against patent trolls by signing this petition letter.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Texas Federal Court Judge Davis,

Thank you so much for ruling in favor of Rackspace in the case of Rackspace vs. Uniloc. It seems kind of hard to believe that Uniloc would try to patent a term as widely used as floating point numbers but, in this day and age, it’s sad what people can get away with when they grease the right wheels. I’m glad to see however that you were unwilling to let Uniloc get away with their ridiculous patent claim.

I’m also glad to hear that you granted Rackspace’s request to rule on the case at the beginning of the trial, thus sparing Rackspace thousands of dollars in legal fees. Racking up large legal bills is yet another trick companies like Uniloc try to use to extort money out of the victims of their lawsuits and it’s heartening to know you weren’t willing to let them get away with that either. By signing this petition letter, I am personally thanking you for your efforts towards protecting the online rights of organizations such as Rackspace against patent trolls such as Uniloc.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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