Just happened to read the news on ‘CA Technologies Sues Appdynamics for Patent Pilfering‘ and really intrigued with the word “Pilfering” associated with patents. The dictionary definition for the word “Pilfer” is “Make off with belongings of others” and further had a friendly chat with Sumair to understand how “Patent pilfering” differed from the conventional “patent infringements”.
We both understood this term “Patent Pilfering” in the context of the above case like this. Mr Bansal was the actual assignee for the patent which CA Technologies is suing Appdynamics. However, he was then an employee of Wily Technology which was eventually acquired by CA Technologies in 2006. Now, if you combine this with the actual definition of the word “Pilfer”, you can understand that “Patent Pilfering” is a special case of Patent Infringement as in this case CA Technologies claims that Mr Bansal has actually made up with a patent that is now belonging to CA Technologies.
Now, came the question whether our dashboard can help our clients detect plausible patent pilferinginstances. Bingo, Sumair pulled this screenshot from the “Paints and Silica Dashboard”. (Please see attached file). From the image, you can say that Mr Bruggere Pierre Alain can be a suspect forpilfering his patent on Colloidal Silica in his employment stints in HP and Ilford Imaging Switzerland Gmbh.
Is this a classic example of “Serendipitous” use of our dashboard?