Patent trolls continue to be an ongoing issue in the ever-changing technology landscape as more and more large organizations purchase groups of patents with no intention of utilizing them in their products. With patent infringement claims not subsiding anytime soon, legal executives and lawmakers are working together to begin to curb abusive patent litigations from trolls that target businesses with lawsuits on their purchased patents.
So how do the smaller businesses protect themselves from being unnecessarily targeted? The first step that was taken this past year was the Innovation Act, a bill that was approved last month in a majority bipartisan vote of 325-91. The Act has since been sent to the Senate and is waiting on a final decision.