SIEMENS PRODUCT LIFECYCLE MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE LAWSUITS: WAVE 3.
Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. v. Does 1-93 (4:17-cv-01796), 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 two “waves” of the Siemens PLM piracy lawsuits, click here.
However, the first question you might have when you receive a subpoena from your Comcast or AT&T U-Verse 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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Here is what you need to know about the Siemens PLM NX lawsuits:
1) The plaintiff attorneys Robert Riddle and Andrew Bluebond are genuine attorneys capable of taking these cases to trial.
2) Siemens PLM is interested only 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. 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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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW (THIS HAS ALREADY BEEN RESEARCHED):
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.
Siemens Software Case IS a Bittorrent Case, on 6/20/2017.
What happened to their older lawsuits?
In Wave 1, Siemens solicited licenses for their NX software. At one point, 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.
Now in Wave 3, I do not yet know whether these 97 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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