Patent Trolls: A Selective Etymology

Law360, New York (March 20, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Once upon a time near a tiny Norwegian village grazed three billy goats named “Gruff” who often climbed into the hillsides to graze. On the way up, they had to cross a small wooden bridge over a cascading stream. Under the bridge lived a green little ugly troll, with eyes as big as saucers, large warts and moles covering his distorted face, a nose as long as a carrot, and teeth as crooked and sharp as a parrot’s beak...[1]

Trolls in Nordic mythology and folklore were...
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