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Bounty for Blawger Now $10K

I wrote here last week about IP lawyer Raymond P. Niro's offer of $5,000 to unmask the anonymous author of the blog Patent Troll Tracker, as first reported by John Bringardner in IP Law & Business. Now, Niro has responded to some of the blogosphere buzz about him -- and doubled the bounty to $10,000. Niro's comments appear at the blog Patent Baristas.

The author of Patent Baristas, Stephen R. Albainy-Jenei, picked up on our post about Niro in a post of his own. Niro, saying he wanted to "correct a couple of misconceptions, responded in comments that Albainy-Jenei posted here. Among his points:

  • "I do not want to find out the name of the Troll Tracker in order to sue for patent infringement; rather, I want to know his name to expose him, so that he can’t hide behind anonymity and may ultimately be held accountable for what he says."
  • "Anyone that operates a website runs the risk of infringing Global’s patent if (as we believe) that patent covers the manner in which JPEG images are displayed on a website. Troll Tracker is no exception."
  • "As for silencing critics, I doubt that is possible. But anyone should be held responsible for what they say and have the courage to express their views by putting their names on whatever it is they publish."

In addition, Niro told Patent Baristas that he has raised the reward to $10,000 for information leading to the identity of the Troll Tracker. "It seems to me if you really have anything truthful to say, you are not afraid of identifying yourself," Niro said.  We will have to see whether $10,000 is enough to turn the Troll Tracker's friends into rats.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on December 13, 2007 at 02:30 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)


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