I’ve written before about Mitchell Prust’s cloud-storage patents. Yesterday, his law firm announced that he won a judgment against NetMass (the SoftLayer case). Patent Troll Central has outdone themselves this time. Now the odds of Prust winning the related case against Apple increase, as do the chances that he’ll file similar cases against everyone else involved in cloud storage.

I’ll try to find and read more of the details some time this weekend. I’m good with the technical jargon, but not so much with the legalese. Are there any lawyers out there who’d be willing to help if I can find copies of the relevant documents?

Update: I’d also like to add that, at the time the first of these patents was filed (February 2000) I’m pretty sure there were several network-drive packages already on the market. X-Drive and FreeDrive come to mind; I know there were others. Further back, when I started working at Technology Concepts International in 1989 they already had a DECnet-based virtual disk in their CommUnity product. The ideas represented by these patents were at least obvious at the time, if not actually (in all relevant detail) embodied in products already available to the public. It’s hard to imagine how anyone but the East Texas court could consider the patents valid in light of that.