GPC's Alexander Poltorak was interviewed regarding the implications of a ruling in a highly watched case ("Appeals Court Vacates Rambus's Patent Win Vs Hynix," Wall Street Journal, May 14, 2011 - subscription required).
Rambus Inc., the plaintiff in the patent infringement case in question, was dealt a major setback when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) decided that Rambus wrongly destroyed documents that would have had bearing on its litigation against Hynix Semiconductor Inc. and Micron Inc. - even though the document destruction took place before the lawsuits were filed.
The CAFC returned both cases to district court.
Dr. Poltorak comments on the implications of the CAFC's ruling in this excerpt from the article:
"The federal circuit took a more expansive view of the duty of companies to preserve documents that may be relevant in future litigation," said Alexander Poltorak, chairman and chief executive of General Patent Corp., an intellectual property and patent-enforcement firm. "It's a lesson for any IP-centric business. Patents are nothing but a license to sue."