Volume 92 Issue 2 | pp. 24-25
Issue Date: January 13, 2014

Congress Eyes Patent ‘Trolls’

Effort to curb litigation abuse would weaken intellectual property rights, critics fear
Department: Government & Policy
Keywords: patent litigation reform, trolls, intellectual property

The number of patent infringement lawsuits filed in the U.S. has increased in recent years. Some studies suggest that the growth is mostly caused by suits filed by patent-holding entities. Such companies do not make products or provide services but rather buy or license patents—often portfolios of dozens or hundreds—from other sources. The companies then use the rights they obtain to extract licensing fees from, or file infringement suits against, other businesses using the technology . . .

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