Wisconsin patent troll bill makes it to Governor’s desk

A much-lauded bill aiming at stemming the power of patent troll litigation has been approved in Wisconsin’s legislative bodies, and is now waiting to be signed into law

The bill that was working its way through Wisconsin state legislative bodies last week has officially been approved by the state Assembly, and is moving to the desk of Governor Scott Walker for signing into law.

The legislation has been designed to work against companies known as “patent trolls” that actively pursue other companies — often smaller ones, startups, or individual inventors — in court. Patent trolls frequently play the roles of owners of the patents, but without actually inventing anything using the technology, or employing it for their own contributions to whatever field the patent is in. Instead, patent trolls will simply buy up patents in order to then extract licensing fees from other companies wanting to use the technology.

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Juliana Kenny

Juliana Kenny is a contributor to InsideCounsel.com, covering a range of topics including patent litigation, conflict mineral laws, executive compensation, and antitrust regulation. Juliana earned B.A.s...

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