Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Piracy Lawsuit

Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Lawsuits. All You Need to Know In One Page.


Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. v. Does 1-150 (4:19-cv-00129), is the subject of a new wave of Siemens PLM software piracy / copyright infringement lawsuits filed in the Southern District of Texas.

I’ve already written all that needs to be known about the Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. lawsuits (see articles, below), but if you want a quick summary of what happened in the previous “waves” of the Siemens PLM piracy lawsuits, click here.

However, the first question you might have when you receive a subpoena from your Charter Communications ISP is, “how do I file an objection with the court to stop them from revealing my contact information to the Siemens plaintiff attorneys?”  In other words, “how do I file a motion to quash the subpoena I just received?

This might be the best article you can read on Motions to Quash.  The subject of the article deals with those who download movies via bittorrent, however, the subject covered in this article is VERY RELEVANT to your Siemens PLM software copyright infringement case.

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Screenshot from Siemens PLM Software's website on the NX Mach 3 software.

Here is what you need to know about the Siemens PLM NX lawsuits:

1) The plaintiff attorneys Robert Riddle and Andrew Bluebond of Reed Smith LLP are still involved in these lawsuits; James Quail is no longer with their law firm, but a new name has appeared — Katherine Mary Geldmacher — I assume she will be taking over a large part of reviewing the claims against the accused defendants.  Each of these attorneys continue to be genuine in their skills and are capable of taking these cases to trial.

2) Siemens PLM is interested in turning those who used their software unlawfully into paying customers.

3) Siemens is not a “copyright troll” looking to extort quick settlements from their lawsuits (although the topic of settlements was considered by Siemens PLM in their last set of lawsuits).  Rather, to settle a Siemens case, be prepared that they will be asking you for ~$30,000 per license.

4) John Doe Defendants in these lawsuits got caught NOT downloading the software (e.g., with bittorrent), but by the unlawful USE of their software.

5) Siemens PLM and their attorneys are willing to follow the infringement from your own infringement to the company you work for (to see whether they have proper software licenses “seats” for the software products they are using).

6) The most effective representation is through an attorney who — guilty or not — allows you to keep an open line of communication with the plaintiff attorneys.  Remember, they are looking to sell licenses (and in any sales circumstance, prices can be negotiated by your attorney).

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Also read the following few articles I have written on their lawsuits:
Siemens PLM NX-based lawsuits – converting accused engineers into loyal customers, on 1/9/2017.

Software Developers are now tracking piracy through the USE of downloaded software, on 9/9/2016.

Siemens Software Case IS a Bittorrent Case, on 6/20/2017.

What to do about the Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. v. Does case (TX), on 1/16/2016.

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What happened to their older lawsuits?

In Waves 1-5, Siemens solicited licenses for the various versions of their NX software (and in the most recent lawsuit, other Siemens PLM software titles were included).  In Wave 1 (and in subsequent waves) they dismissed the lawsuit, and filed individual copyright infringement lawsuits against companies they discovered were using their software without a license.

In Wave 2, Siemens filed a similar lawsuit, this time against 100 new defendants. They surprised a number of defendants with settlement numbers of $50,000+ (eventually, we learned that they were settling licenses to their software, and they actually cost that much).  This second wave lawsuit “on the books” looked to be a failure because they missed a FRCP Rule 4(m) deadline to name and serve defendants.  As a result, they dismissed the entire lawsuit, however, I know that they continued after the dismissal to contact accused defendants (or their attorneys) with the intention of having those accused defendants [now dismissed] purchase a license to cover their use of the Siemens PLM NX software.

In Wave 3 – 5, they repeated what was a successful strategy in the previous lawsuits.  They spent their time looking for individuals who used pirated versions of their software for profit.  In these waves, Siemens PLM considered asking defendants for large settlements, however, to date this has not materialized and they continue to attempt to legitimize their accused defendants to become lifelong customers through the sale of licenses to their software.

Now we are in Wave 6.  I do not yet know whether these 150 John Doe Defendants are from the same pool as the earlier lawsuits were filed, or whether these are from an entirely new pool of accused infringers.  However, at least the lawsuit itself (its intentions, and what to expect) are no longer a mystery.

As always, here is how an attorney should be handling a Siemens PLM software lawsuit, and how we at the Cashman Law Firm, PLLC would handle your Siemens PLM case.

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