Attorneys general talk the State of the Trolls

State attorneys general tackle the problem of non-practicing entities

Patent trolls beware. State attorneys general from around the country have donned their armor and picked up their swords, ready to slay the beasts that they claim threaten our economy.

At the heart of the issue is the term “patent troll” itself. There are those who see it as unnecessarily pejorative, and prefer other, more neutral terms. Among the alternatives are non-practicing entities (NPE) or patent-assertion entities (PAE). But no matter what name you give these companies, critics contend that they exist merely to snatch up a portfolio of patents to use as ammunition for lawsuits, rather than innovate or create anything new.

Nebraska follows suit

After Vermont started the ball rolling, other state attorneys general decided to take an aggressive stance toward these NPEs. In Nebraska, Attorney General Jon Bruning took a slightly different tack. He decided to take on the firm representing the alleged troll rather than the troll itself.

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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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