As previously reported, in November, an inventor named Frederick Noyes brought a lawsuit action against Major League Baseball, alleging that the "Major League Baseball Authentication Program" infringed one of his patents.
Now, I was not overly excited with the case and predicted that, "this is a case that'll settle quickly (within six months), and confidentially."
Whelp, I got that one right. The case settled on December 14, 2012, just a month after filing.
I predicted it! But I won’t brag (too much). The case wasn't the most interesting.
Really, how can a patent case (…getting sleepy) about authenticating goods (…getting sleepier…) interest anyone other than the plaintiff and defendant? I mean, just check out this exciting hand-written flow chart from the patent.
The case looks to have ended confidentially, but I suspect it was a quick victory for MLB. The hint here is that Noyes dismissed the case "without prejudice."
Legal translation: Whenever I see a plaintiff dismiss a defendant from a case soon after filing and "without prejudice," I suspect the plaintiff is beating a quick retreat. Typically, if a defendant pays any money, it wants the case settled "with prejudice" so that it can't be re-filed. In other words, it wants to show something for the money paid.
Because of this, I doubt any money changed hands. Hence, I think it's a victory for MLB and the MLB Authentication Program continues unabated.
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