White House takes on patent trolls with legislative proposals and executive orders

It’s rare for the executive branch to try to solve problems with the legal system

The Obama administration took on the patent troll problem on Tuesday when it released a package of legislative recommendations and executive orders.

Patent trolls, or non-practicing entities, firms that buy up patents just to make money off them by suing for infringement or demanding licensing fees, have been a bane to intellectual property-holding companies for some time now. Lobbying efforts by industries including the financial and technology sectors paid off with the announcement of the White House’s proposals. According to the Wall Street Journal, it’s rare that an administration of either party would step in to address problems with the legal system.

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