THEY ARE KNOWN AS “PATENT TROLLS”—Individuals or shady businesses that purchase the patents of a struggling or failed tech company then sue large companies such as Google or Facebook, claiming patent infringement. One of the worst patent trolls, Erich Spangenberg, made millions by turning “idle patents into cash cows.” Attorney Jonathan Waldrop battles such trolls all the time.
Waldrop specializes in Affrmative Litigation and Recovery Intellectual Property Litigation. In short, he represents tech companies in disputes over trade secrets, patents, and other intellectual property (IP). The Birmingham, Alabama-raised Waldrop, a partner at Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman L.L.P., has been with the firm for over five years.
From the Peach State to Silicon Valley
After graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2000, Waldrop honed his chops working in Atlanta for 11 years representing tech companies. Of course, prime patent troll hunting ground is Silicon Valley and that is where Waldrop headed two-and-a-half years ago with his family after realizing California was “the center of the universe of what I wanted to do.”
A seasoned trial lawyer, Waldrop has been involved in a number of high-profile technology court cases, including a lawsuit Cox Communication filed against Time Warner