Newegg hurtles toward Texas showdown with famed patent troll

Posted by BernardSwiss on Nov 18, 2013 2:10 PM EDT
Ars Technica; By Joe Mullin
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Who is Michael Jones, and what did he invent? After a five years of legal battles over Jones’ patent, involving hundreds of lawsuits and tens of millions of dollars in payments, that question still has no clear answer.

Whatever the invention, hundreds of companies have paid tribute to it. Jones’ patent, now wielded through a holding company called TQP Development, has become one of the most widely asserted patents in history. In complaints, TQP lawyers have accused website after website of patent infringement for using one of the most common Web-encryption strategies: combining the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol with the RC4 encryption algorithm. But Jones didn’t invent SSL or RC4, an algorithm invented in 1987, two years before the filing date of the Jones patent.

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