Massachusetts Attorney General latest to take on patent trolls

Martha Coakley joins the fight, aiming to protect small businesses in the state

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, announced her run for governor in September.

The federal government is taking the issue of patent trolls seriously. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has been actively enforcing the America Invents Act and policies set forth by President Obama. Representative Bob Goodlatte, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, has proposed a bill, dubbed The Innovation Act, to address patent litigation concerns. 

And the fight against patent trolls is not limited to the federal government. Many state attorneys general, such as Jon Bruning of Nebraska and Bill Sorrell of Vermont, have taken assertive stances against the so-called trolls, companies that create nothing, but simply exist to file patent infringement suits against businesses small and large.  Bruning, Sorrell and Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster will be discussing the problem posed by patent trolls in a roundtable on Nov. 19 in New York City.

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Rich Steeves

Richard P. Steeves is Senior Editor and Community Manager of InsideCounsel magazine, where he covers the intellectual property and compliance beats. Rich earned a B.A....

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