Restaurants Hope High Court, Congress Curb 'Patent Trolls'

Law360, New York (November 13, 2013, 6:30 PM EST) -- The restaurant business has joined the growing number of nontechnology industries being hit hard by so-called patent trolls, but hospitality attorneys say an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case and new patent reform law offer restaurateurs hope for fending off wrongful patent assertions.

Over the last three to five years, restaurants have become increasingly popular targets for nonpracticing entities — companies that hold patents but don't manufacture anything — for using technologies like spot Wi-Fi, experts say. Since the cost of fighting a claim often far outweighs...
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