Cloud provider Rackspace has stepped up its fight against patent trolls, setting itself up for a showdown with Texas-based Rotatable Technologies over the use of smartphone display technology.
According to Alan Schoebaum, general counsel at Rackspace, the firm has challenged a patent award to Rotatable over the use of screen rotation technology.
Rotatable had earlier sued Rackspace, along with others including Apple, Nokia, HTC and LG, claiming it owned patents for the technology that enables a user's smartphone or tablet to re-orient itself to portrait or landscape mode, depending on how it is held.
“Like nearly all the apps in the Apple and Android app stores, Rackspace uses standard functionality provided by Apple’s libraries and Android open source software to provide this display feature in one of our mobile cloud applications,” wrote Schoenbaum on a company blog.
And while the settlement fee proposed was far lower than the cost of fighting the claim, Rackspace had no intention of letting this go, he added.
“We are optimistic that the patent office will agree with our petition and invalidate the patent, stopping Rotatable from attacking businesses in hopes of pilfering their hard-earned money and hindering app developers and the open source community from bringing their best every day.”
Earlier this month, Rackspace announced it was going after another patent troll, Parallel Iron, concerning technology used in the Hadoop Distributed File System.
In an exclusive interview last week, Schoenbaum told V3 the company had seen a massive increase in it legal costs, having been increasingly targeted by patent assertion firms. He added that its support for OpenStack and open source software in general had made Rackspace a prime target.
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