wheel - 2:14 am on Jan 29, 2013 (gmt 0)
I've got a buddy that got involved with a patent troll, second hand (using a component in his manufacturing that got trolled). They went after him for 7 figures. He actually fought it and somehow ended up with six figures coming his way (I don't recall the details, I was 3 beers in during the story and laughing till I had tears). But in order to fight it, he had to push back hard against strenuous advice from his lawyers, senior management, and directors.
The only reason he got away with it was because he controls almost the entire company and he decided he was prepared to lose 7 figures rather than be bullied by trolls. Most companies do not have that luxury - laywers and shareholders are going to force management to settle. The CEO can be principled all he/she wants, but in the end it's the shareholders that decide, and they're unprepared to risk losing.
Koodos to Newegg. I've shopped there rarely because I decided to shop locally, but this is going to put them back on my radar. I like voting with my pocket book. Maybe I'll go buy buy a new monitor from them or something, just because.