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patent troll

German court dismisses patent troll lawsuit

Court rejects patent troll’s $2.2 billion lawsuit against Apple

February 28th, 2014

A German court dismissed a lawsuit against Apple on Friday that was brought on by a well-known patent troll. IPCom, a company that licenses patents, wanted $2.2 billion in damages for infringement of a feature that is now an industry standard. A similar case against HTC was also dismissed.

Congress Patent Reform Support

The government is finally gearing up to squash patent trolls

February 25th, 2014

42 state Attorneys General on Monday sent a letter to ranking members of Congress showing support for patent reform against patent trolls. The Attorneys General letter uses the term “troll” no less than six times in the letter to describe companies or individuals that would attack companies with “dubious claims of patent infringement and using the …

Patent Troll vs. Federal Government

One patent troll refuses to quit, sues federal government

January 15th, 2014

Despite recent legislation designed to stop them in their tracks, patent trolls are still fighting for relevancy in the United States. Ars Technica reports that one of the most infamous patent trolls in the country, MPHJ Technology Investments, is suing the federal government for infringing on its “constitutional right” to send thousands of disruptive, deceptive letters to …

Anti-Patent Troll Legislation Passes House

Anti-patent troll bill passes U.S. House with huge majority

December 5th, 2013

Patent trolls are so widely disliked that they’ve actually inspired Congress to do something to crack down on them. The Washington Post reports that the United States House of Representatives on Thursday passed the Innovation Act by a margin of 325 to 91, a huge win for legislation aimed at reining in purportedly frivolous tech patent …

Anti-Patent Troll Legislation

The one thing that can unite all Americans: Hatred of patent trolls

October 24th, 2013

Patent trolls are so widely despised that they might actually spur Congress to get something useful accomplished. Ars Technica reports that a bipartisan group of lawmakers has cobbled together a series of proposals aimed at hobbling patent trolls’ ability to extract rents from legitimate businesses. Among other things, Ars says that their proposed legislation “would …

Patent Troll Lobbying Group

Patent trolls may have found a way to make everyone hate them even more

October 4th, 2013

Although patent trolls are already one of the least liked groups in the United States, they may have found a way to make themselves even more loathsome in the eyes of the public by doubling as government lobbyists. Politico reports that Intellectual Ventures, one of America’s largest patent-assertion entities, is investing in lobbying help to …

FTC Patent Troll Investigation

FTC plans major investigation on patent trolls

June 20th, 2013

Patent trolls’ carefree days of easy money might soon be over. The New York Times reports that the Federal Trade Commission is planning to launch a formal investigation into the practices of patent holding firms that buy up patents to use as weapons in intellectual property lawsuits despite the fact that they don’t make any …

Anti-Patent Troll Legislation Criticism

White House proposals to fight patent trolls called laughably inadequate

June 5th, 2013

Much like spammers, Satanists and mimes, patent trolls are one of the rare groups around that Americans of all political stripes can unite in opposing. But although the White House on Tuesday announced some executive orders and proposed some legislative fixes to help end the flurry of lawsuits filed by patent holding firms, Quartz’s Christopher …