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In The Hobbit, the trolls that want to eat Bilbo and company are defeated when the first rays of dawn turn them to stone. Now, there is an organization that hopes to defeat a different group of trolls – patent trolls – by bringing the harsh light of day to the problem.
An association of retail trade organizations has created a new vehicle to bring awareness to the problem of non-practicing entities, companies that own patents but produce nothing. StopBadPatents.com is the face of the organization that hopes to fight these so-called “patent trolls” that make money by charging licensing fees on the patents they own, often using bullying tactics to get money from small businesses.