It’s the not-so-secret dirty little secret in our industry. Monster Cable views trademark infringement litigation as a profit center for bullying small companies out of business. What we’re talking about are not simple patent infringement cases, though Monster has taken on those as well (see www.bluejeanscable.com/legal/mcp/index.htm for one example). Worse than that are the hundreds of examples like the one I learned about today involving the Rhode Island-based owner of the Monster MiniGolf franchise. Essentially, Monster Cable is making a mockery of the legal system by suing mom-and-pop businesses all over the country for simply have the word “Monster” in their company name. Until now, I’ve chosen to take the high road on this story, but this latest example is so despicable and deplorable, that I had to put it out there.
Please read this sad tale posted on ebay for yourself, and let me know what you think.