As it turns out, one patent troll is also really awful at ethics.
Seriously, what kind of shenanigans do you have to be up to for every
single member of your in-house legal department and outside law firm to
be disqualified from a case?
In 2013, Acacia Research Corp. hired Charlotte Rutherford, who’d worked in the oil industry for years, including, most relevantly for this story, at Schlumberger Limited, the world’s largest oilfield services company. Amongst Acadia’s acquired patents was the ‘319 patent which relates to Schlumberger’s 3-D oil drilling software, Petrel.