Patent trolls: The saga continues

Infringement suits from patent assertion entities continue even as government attention increases

As Bilbo Baggins heads back to the theater this December to fight against the seemingly unbeatable dragon Smaug, governments and businesses in the U.S. steel themselves for a similar battle, against trolls. These aren’t the kind that turn to stone in the harsh light of day, but rather the type that snatch up patents for the sole purpose of sending infringement letters to companies with the hopes of getting settlement cash from them.

These patent trolls, as they are known, have been getting more aggressive, moving their suits “downstream.” Rather than targeting a large company that manufactures routers that may infringe on a patent, the trolls are now targeing  small businesses, that uses the routers in question.

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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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