There are dozens of pieces of office equipment that workers use every day – like computer monitors, photocopiers and document scanners – that they likely take for granted. But what if office workers were required to pay a royalty each time they used a scanner? It might seem ludicrous to imagine that a common act such as scanning a document to an email address could violate a patent, but that is precisely what one company, MPHJ Technology Investments, is claiming.
But the state of Minnesota is not willing to just sit back and let MPHJ send harassing letters to hundreds of businesses in the Gopher State. It seems that Attorney General Lori Swanson has had just about enough of patent trolls like MPHJ.