Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell
Vermont has always been a leader in certain areas — maple syrup and skiing come to mind — but now, thanks to Attorney General Bill Sorrell, the Green Mountain State is taking the lead in the nationwide fight against patent trolls.
Sorrell first learned of the patent troll problem through media reports, but not long afterward, he heard from the people of his state. Hi-tech companies and small businesses alike came to the attorney general’s office with complaints that companies were receiving demand letters from patent trolls. These letters, Sorrell told me in an exclusive interview, sought payment licensing fees in timespans as short as two weeks, and companies often received more than one such letter in short order.