Hello! Austin Meyer here.
As I dive deeper into the way the United States Patent System actually works, here is the very beginning of what I have found:
People are now being sued for CREATING cool new technology:
Peter Braxton, of JumpRope sued by: SmartOptions for making the App JumpRope.
People are now being sued by Patent Trolls for USING widely-used technology:
Rackspace sued by: UNILOC.com for “making, using, offering for sale, selling and/or importing servers running Linux”
NewEgg sued by: Eclipse IP LLC for “storing customers’ contact data in memory”
Shoppers Choice sued by: BSG TECH LLC for “making and/or using one or more websites that include reviews functionality”
Todd Moore, of TMSoft sued by: LODSYS GROUP, LLC for putting a button in his App, White Noise, that goes to the AppStore.
Michael Skelps, Capstone Photo sued by: Peter Wolf for posting photos of marathon runners online that are organized by the number on the runners’ bib.
Drew Curtiss, Fark.com sued by: Gooseberry Natural Resources for emailing press releases to customers… though he never emailed customers.
Austin Meyer, Laminar Research sued by: UNILOC.com for “making, using, offering for sale, selling and/or importing Android based applications for use on cellular phones and/or tablet devices that require communication with a server to perform a license check to prevent the unauthorized use of said application, including, but not limited to, X-Plane.”