In his Saturday post, Frenkel said he was going public after someone threatened to reveal his identity.
Frenkel assumed it was someone out to collect Ray Niro’s bounty on him, originally reported in IPLB and later knocked up to $15,000, but Niro tells us the bounty remains uncollected.
Today Frenkel had no comment beyond his post. Cisco says nobody at the company knew about his double identity beyond Mallun Yen, Frenkel’s boss and the company’s VP of Intellectual Property. She was profiled by ALM in 2005.
Cisco, of course, is a big player in the Coalition for Patent Fairness; general counsel Mark Chandler continues to be front and center in the push for patent reform. Almost a year before he started his blog, Frenkel shared some of his thoughts on patent and patent trolls at a technology forum.
The patent-holding companies that Frenkel has been denouncing will no doubt cry foul, pointing out that the writer who declared he was “Just a lawyer, interested in patent cases, but not in publicity” was disingenuous, at least.
Frenkel’s revelation raises more interesting questions (for one, this journalist-turned-blogger doesn’t know how one person can write so much on top of a full time job). I enjoyed both communicating with the tracker's enemies and the mystery of the blog itself; with the mystery solved, the IP beat will be a little less fun.