The Restoration Industry Association (formerly ASCR) has filed a federal suit in the state of Washington against Thermapure® to invalidate patents which have been used to sue RIA® members and other industry companies via "patent trolling," according to an RIA press release.
RIA says these suits are without merit because the patents involved assert claims that have been known industry standards for years. RIA has developed a strategy to stop the patent trolling. They claim it has a detrimental effect on RIA members and the entire restoration industry.
I hadn't heard about these suits until recently and am reminded of others like the "glide" litigation of a few years ago. In these trying times it might seem that the last thing we need in the industry is an outburst of legal gymnastics. On the other hand, GO RIA!
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