Lodsys has 13 other pending cases in just the Eastern District of Texas. The company has sued a total of 192 users of Apple technology in the past three years, according to a recent study. It has threatened hundreds, if not thousands, more. Lodsys itself boasts that 500 companies have paid it for its patents, including “many world-leading corporations.”
Apple may be able to intervene in another one of those Texas cases, although it seems like there’s nothing to stop Lodsys from using the same “settle-and-dismiss” strategy it did here, since it has clearly found a judge willing to stick his head in the sand with regard to the broader issue.
Lodsys can be sure it will continue to draw Judge Gilstrap as long as it files its cases in Marshall, Texas. The other judge who considers patent cases filed there is US District Judge Leonard Davis, but since Judge Davis’ son William “Bo” Davis is Lodsys’ lawyer, the company’s cases will all be redirected to Gilstrap.
ok i think texas should lose it’s right to hear patent lawsuits anymore