Apple, Google, Samsung join forces to get patent trolls back under the bridge

Tech rivals joined together to tell the European Union to cut down on patent troll abuse

Today, almost any business that uses basic technology is a possible target of patent trolls -- the result of a patent system that has done a terrible job of evaluating software patents and a court system that hasn't done much better at examining them. In some cases, trolls are even forcing business owners to choose between paying employees and paying legal fees.

Patent trolls are companies that collect patents so they can then use their portfolios to generate revenue that demand money from companies over patent infringement claims and often file lawsuits in hopes of pressuring a payout.

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Amanda Ciccatelli

Amanda G. Ciccatelli is a Contributing Writer for InsideCounsel, where she covers the patent litigation space. Amanda earned a B.A. in Communications and Journalism from...

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