Our competitors are never afraid to call a spade... a public interest group.Law360 seems to have a pretty flexible definition of that term. Last month, it included Americans for Fair Patent Use. Who is so concerned about such fairness? That would be F&B LLP, the Texas law firm that owns Americans for Fair Patent Use, which is a limited liability company set up to prosecute a false marking lawsuit filed in East Texas on July 14. The suit, against Apple, Sprint, Samsung, and Verizon, alleges that various smartphones made by those companies have false patent marks.
Did AFPU magically transform into a "public interest" group because false marking is a qui tam action? Is it because the plaintiff has the word "fair" in it? Since the plaintiff's name actually ends with "LLC" we're at a loss as to how you spin this one.