Internet fax provider IGC sues j2 (efax)

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#1 17 July 2007 - 8:14am

Internet fax provider IGC sues j2 (efax)


According to a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois by Internet fax provider Integrated Global Concepts (IGC), rival Internet fax company j2 Global Communications Inc. is operating a “patent troll” subsidiary designed to drive rivals out of the business.


According to IGC’s complaint: “j2 and the other defendants have within the past four years waged a fraudulent and vicious campaign to intimidate providers of Internet facsimile services into paying money to j2 and/or Catch Curve (a wholly owned subsidiary) for licenses of patents that the defendants know do not cover the competitors’ activities but to achieve a settlement which costs less than litigating issues.”

IGC further alleges that j2 Global hid its 100% interest in the subsidiary, which the complaint states, “Exists solely to extract money from j2’s competitors… and to harm their efforts to compete and innovate.”

IGC are the providers of the Maxemail internet fax service.