BTA Investigates Potential Fraudulent Industry PracticesBy Robert Ingoglia
General Council, Business Technology
Since its founding in 1926, the Business Technology Association (BTA) has been serving the industry and supporting independent dealer members, manufacturers and service organizations. As such, BTA General Counsel Robert Goldberg chaired a "Patent Issues Industry Summit" in Newark, N.J., on March 14, 2013, to discuss possible fraudulent business practices that might affect dealers, end-user customers and, indirectly, manufacturers that have provided scanning devices across the U.S. All these groups, including many patent and corporate attorneys representing several large manufacturers were in attendance. So what's all the fuss about? An initial letter is sent out by one of numerous alphabet entities (Eli-Put, LLC or Hea-Ple, LLC) alleging a violation of four specific patents. Thousands of these letters have been sent across the country.