I received the attached letter from a Jason Dollard (email@example.com) at Leslie Robert Evans & Associates, P.A. Counselors at Law. As you can see from the letter, they are saying my website violates some of their shipping and transit patents. I can hardly believe this legitimate given that I suspect nearly every e-commerce website would be in violation of their so-called patents. Have you ever heard of such a thing? Do you have any advice for me?
My first bit of advice would be to contact your lawyer immediately. I was completely thrown by this letter because, you're right, how could someone have a patent on such a standard e-commerce process as shipping? I thought I'd do a little digging myself, so I called a friend of mine who happens to be the CEO of a prominent shipping service. She was not at all shocked by this letter and directed me to the following website:
- PSA: Shipping and Transit, LLC and Electronic Communication Technologies LLC Are Not New Players To the Patent Troll Game
She said some of her clients have gotten this letter from Shipping and Transit, LLC. She basically said these guys were (enter expletive here) thieves.
Again, I think the best advice I can give you is to review the above link with your lawyer. There's a lot of information about Shipping and Transit, LLC which I'm sure your lawyer will find useful. Please be sure to see the links at the bottom of the above page. Thank you.