I am surprised that so many companies (with the exception of newegg) decided to settle with the patent troll.
While large, most of the other companies mentioned are actually smaller when it comes to online sales volume. According to this ranking
, Newegg is currently the 13th largest online retailer; most of the other companies mentioned are farther down the list. Newegg may have decided to fight back because they had more to lose over the long run.Edit:
Lee Cheng (Newegg's head lawyer) wrote:
... It's actually surprising how quickly people forget what Lemelson did. [referring to Jerome Lemelson, an infamous patent troll who used so-called "submarine patents" to make billions in licensing fees.] This activity is very similar. Trolls right now "submarine" as well. They use timing, like he used timing. Then they pop up and say "Hello, surprise! Give us your money or we will shut you down!" Screw them. Seriously, screw them. You can quote me on that.
Quoted because it deserved to be quoted!