When you think about patents, what comes to mind? Pioneers like Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell and the Wright Brothers. Revolutionary inventions like the light bulb, the telephone and the airplane.

What about a "Firewall System and Method via Feedback from Broad-Scope Monitoring for Intrusion Detection?" That is the title of U.S. Patent No. 6,715,084. It is one of five patents Intellectual Ventures has accused Huntington Bancshares of violating in a federal lawsuit.

With that suit, Huntington joined Bank of America and J.P. Morgan Chase as the latest financial institution to find itself in Intellectual Ventures' crosshairs. Your credit union might be next. Is it ready?

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