One of the most read stories on this blog during 2010 concerned an anti-trust suit launched by a company called SITI-Sites against defensive patent aggregator Allied Security Trust (AST), its member companies Verizon, Cisco Systems and Ericsson Inc-Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications, current CEO Dan McCurdy, and the man he succeeded Brian Hinman. SITI claimed that AST, the companies and the named individuals were engaged in behaviour that prevented small NPEs operating in the telecoms sector from exploiting their patents effectively. It sought an injunction and damages of up to $500 million. 

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