On May 7th 2012 Unified Messaging Solutions LLC (UMS), a subsidiary of Acacia Research Group LLC, yelled “Pay me!” to the financial services industry. It claimed infringement of UMS-licensed patents on web-based messaging services by The Bank of New York Mellon, Morgan Stanley, American Express Company, and the Vanguard Group. As UMS is the exclusive licensee of the asserted patents, it is interesting to trace the tangled skein of ownership of the asserted intellectual properties. Has UMS simply been given a license to litigate?
When does a company become a troll?