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Self-help guru must pay Microsoft, AT&T attorneys' fees for patent dispute – Fed. Circ.

The legal woes of self-help guru and accused sex-trafficker Keith Raniere mounted on Wednesday as the federal court in charge of patent appeals held that he must pay AT&T and Microsoft nearly $450,000 for attorneys’ fees and costs they incurred after Raniere accused them of infringing several teleconferencing patents that he could not prove he owned.

A unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a ruling by a federal judge in Dallas who dismissed the case in 2016 and granted attorneys’ fees as a sanction for Raniere’s “pattern of obfuscation and bad faith” in bringing and maintaining the action.

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