Frankly, it makes us think that Motorola – usually a solid, relatively forthcoming company – didn’t realize what a bag of worms it unleashed by selling (Loren Minkus) Patent 5309174.
We attempted to put three questions to Motorola:
- Why did it decide to sell the patent? (That should easily have been a straightforward answer.)
- To whom did it actually sell the patent: Loren Minkus himself, Minkus Electronic Display Systems, Turtle Bay Technologies or a combination of these. (Hmm! Did it sell to one not realizing the possible Patent Troll possibilities/implications or not care?)
- What does Motorola think of the new owners trying to sue the approximately 40 digital signage / digital out-of-home companies for alleged patent infringement? (Has this sale shocked Motorola into silence? Is there any possibility that Motorola is still involved in some way? We doubt the latter, but without a comment, we have to be open to all ideas.)
What we do know is that Mr. Minkus still answers his phone at Motorola, so he still seems to be an employee of the company where he has worked for 35 years and holds the position of director of portfolio management.
Stay tuned for the next installment of this ongoing saga.