Not many. On the surface, Mobile Logistics may just be trolling for dollars with no commercial interests beyond the prospect of settlements. If end users continue to be victimized, risk management should create more value throughout the industry and mitigate future losses. And fresh voices would help shed new light on patent reform.
This suit threatens innovation in a maturing industry welcoming a shot in the arm from PINC Solutions and its flagship product, Yard Hound. It also serves as a major deterrent to IT investments powering a more efficient supply chain. The suit inspires more copycats and forces everyone to play defense, including the end user. Wasteful spending is obvious at all levels. And resource management, a key driver to Yard Hound’s market success, is thrown in reverse and no longer a difference maker for companies managing bigger yards.