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Patent troll MPHJ suffers setback

Scan-to-email troll faces defeat in Federal Circuit ruling

Patent trolls, unlike the creatures of myth, have no society to speak of, and therefore no king. But, if you asked patent lawyers, business owners or attorneys general around the United States to name their own “king of the patent trolls,” chances are, most of them would crown MPHJ Technologies with that dubious honor.

MPHJ owns patents that relate to scanning documents to email, a task that is performed every day in businesses that range from small coffee shops to the largest Fortune 500 companies. And MPHJ is not shy about aggressively pursuing the businesses that it feels are infringing on its patents, sending out thousands of demand letters to small businesses across the nation, often under the guise of various shell companies.

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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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