When Autodesk sued SolidWorks in civil court over a rectangle that was orange (and for other reasons), it suspended its don't-use-"our"-DWG action against SolidWorks over at the US Patent and Trademark Office. That's because the result of civil action impacts the trademark action. Win one, probably win the other; alternatively, lose one, lose both. For Autodesk, it's double or nothing.
So now the Open Design Alliance is asking the USPTO for the same courtesy: "please, Autodesk, suspend your we-don't-want-ODA-using-our-sacred-three-letters action until the outcome your lawsuit against SolidWorks" -- or words to that effect.
Autodesk has so far refused to agree to voluntarily suspend its USPTO case, and so the ODA yesterday filed 181 pages in a we-can-bury-you-in-paperwork-too motion. A lot of it consists of photocopies of SolidWorks' civil counterclaims against Autodesk, provided as proof by the ODA that Autodesk should play fair with both adversaries.
Can Carl Bass keep track of all the law suits he's launched? Vernor, SolidWorks (in three legal arenas), ODA (two sequential cases), software pirates, et al. In North America, Europe, and Asia.
Fortunately, there are entire Web sites dedicated to keeping track of them. We provide coverage of the proceedings at the USPTO, while Owen Wengerd does the same at www.cadcourt.com for proceedings in the America court system.
With Mr Bass looking to cut costs, lawyer fees are one consideration.