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Lee Cheng, Newegg CLO

Tim Wilson wasn’t about to settle. SAS Institute Inc.’s intellectual property chief was intent on fighting JuxtaComm Technologies Inc., even after the Canadian nonpracticing entity had squeezed licenses thought to be worth tens if not hundreds of millions from 35 software companies. International Business Machines Corp., Microsoft Corp. and SAP SE were among those that had struck deals.

In the end, SAS and three other holdouts not only won, they persuaded U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis of the Eastern District of Texas to invalidate JuxtaComm’s patent altogether. For good measure, SAS then sued JuxtaComm’s attorneys at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, winning a $426,000 judgment earlier this year.

Word of SAS’ reputation seems to be getting around. Since Davis entered final judgment in September 2012, SAS has been sued for patent infringement only twice—down from nine the previous three years.

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