You can't keep Erich Spangenberg down. Setbacks are just opportunities to think of new company names, and if that doesn't work, heck, just use an old one. Just a month after the Wisconsin jury held him liable for breach of contract, Orion IP took on an alt-neu moniker, naming itself Clear With Computers, LLC on April 18, according to Texas corporate documents.
Clear With Computers, Inc. was the Minnesota-based company founded by Jerome D. Johnson, who started filing patents in the early 1990s that are now alleged to cover selling stuff on the Internet. Johnson's patents were later bought by Spangenberg, who has licensed over 100 companies and had made, as of last October, at least $72 million.
Last month, the new and improved Clear With Computers filed suit in E.D. Texas against 47 more defendants. Lots of big retailers; partial list at right does not include Palm, Canon, Sprint, Uniden, or Motorola. All guilty of doing business over the Internet without paying the new economy's self-appointed tax collector, former Jones Day attorney Erich Spangenberg, who still wields U.S. Patents 5,615,342 and 5,367,627.
Two days ago, Apple and Hewlett-Packard were sued on the same patents. Also, Spangenberg's lawyers have filed motions for a new trial and JMOL in the aftermath of the Wisconsin smackdown. One of their arguments is that when Spangenberg took $2.3 million from Chrysler to not be sued again, that agreement didn't include U.S. Patent No. 6,141,658, which had been "sold" to Caelum IP. "You see Your Honor, during the settlement negotiations they shook my right hand, but I had long ago moved this particular patent to my left hand..."
So Orion IP sold to Caelum IP, which became Constellation IP, which sold to Taurus IP, which filed suit against DaimlerChrysler et al., which my father bought for two zuzim...