Patent Troll Targets USB Hubs
The complaint, filed last week under the name Minero Digital LLC, demands that 26 companies pay royalties on USB hubs, which link together multiple USB-enabled devices. The defendants include the nation’s biggest electronic retailers, like Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Fry’s, and Amazon. Also named are relatively small networking companies like HooToo. Major manufacturers are also included; Minero says that Belkin alone has eight different brands of USB hubs that infringe its patent.
The trick to being a patent troll is that you can’t target large companies who can afford to out-lawyer you. Targeting a coalition of massive companies – Wal-Mart and Amazon stand out the most, here – is a great way to ensure you lose in court.