It sounds like a parody, but it's true, and far more convoluted than you might expect. The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe is suing Microsoft and Amazon for infringing on supercomputer patents in a classic case of trolling. It appears, however, that the tribe isn't the one pulling the strings. According to Reuters, the patents in question were previously owned by SRC Labs LLC before being assigned to the tribe in August. The idea is to use the Saint Regis Mohawk's sovereign status to shield them from administrative review. The Patent Trial appeal board, which revokes patents, would naturally have a harder time of things. In return, the tribe receives a share of any compensation, using it to fund increasing healthcare and environmental costs.
Native American Tribe Sues Microsoft for Supercomputer Patent Infringement
The Saint Regis Mohawk tribe is suing Microsoft and Amazon for patent infringement on behalf of SRC Labs LLC, who is allegedly trying to bypass patent review. Neither company has responded to the matter.