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Tyler, Tyler, Tyler. One of the places for companies that seek redress from other companies that allege infringement of patents is the District Court for the Eastern District of Texas Tyler Division. Or should that be the dIStricT cOurT?

And VirnetX Inc has decided to sue Cisco, Apple, Aastra USA Inc and NEC in Tyler for, allegedly, breaching several patents related to network protocols.

VirnetX - what is this capitalisation all about? - alleges that the defendants have infringed on several patents. Those are, to wit and to woo, 6,502,135; 6,839,759; 7,188,180; 7,418,504 and 7,490,151.

VirneTx alleges Apple's iphonE, IphOne3g, iphoNe4, the ipoD tOuch, and the ipaD infringe many, many of its pAtEnTs.

So does cISco with a set of phones called the Unified 6900, 7900, 8900, and 9990 Series IP phones and software related to them too. Many many other products Cisco makes are alleged to infringe on the patents, including routers and switches that are legion, and VPN products too.

NEC - or should that be nEc -  has a huge range of products that Virnetx alleges infringe its granted patents.

Virnetx wants a court to decide that the companies have infringed its patents and wants damages. It won $200 million in a court case against Microsoft earlier this year.

If only there was a court that could stop these computer and communication companies from perverting the English language by inserting capital letters in the middle, at the beginning or at the end of sentences.

Such a court might ensure that the shift key on a QWERTY keyboard might be used less randomly and in the wrong places.  oR shOULd that be a QwErTy kEyBoArD?