Cisco Systems Inc. and one of its employees are being sued by Texas attorneys claiming the employee anonymously defamed them on a Web site critical of so-called “patent trolls” that sue technology companies over intellectual property rights.
The Cisco employee, attorney Richard Frenkel, had been writing anonymously on the “Patent Troll Tracker” Web site. According to court documents, in October, Frenkel wrote that Texas attorney Eric Albritton “conspired” with the clerk of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas to alter official documents in a proceeding involving Cisco.
In a civil suit filed in a Texas court Friday, Albritton claims that by doing so, Frenkel “acted with specific intent to injure” Albritton’s reputation and professional standing. Albritton is seeking unspecified damages.