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Patent trolls increasingly reliant on “business method” suits says survey

PatentFreedom reports 41 percent of all patent troll suits from 2011-2012 attacked companies’ business methods

The popular view of the “patent troll” is a litigious company that sits on a small property, just hoping some larger tech company implements their “patented” technology so the troll can sue for infringement. For years, that’s how trolls have functioned and, in some cases, thrived.

But according to a recent report by PatentFreedom, an analytics company that identifies and classifies patents, trolls have begun to target a new line of litigation: “business method” lawsuits.

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Zach Warren is Assistant Editor of InsideCounsel magazine, where he oversees online content submissions and administers InsideCounsel's enewsletters. Zach specializes in new media and multimedia...

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