The Fight Against NPEs, 1 Year After TC Heartland

Law360 (June 11, 2018, 3:34 PM EDT) -- If you asked your average American about Marshall, Texas, they’d likely picture dusty saloons nestled between long-dormant oil rigs. But for many startup companies and most patent lawyers, Marshall brings something else to mind: nonpracticing entities. NPEs — pejoratively, trolls — purchase and sue others in search of quick settlements, a practice lucrative enough to land many of them on the NASDAQ and in the Fortune 500, with suits resulting in millions of dollars in profits. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, with streamlined local patent rules, extensive discovery and quick jury trials, has become their forum...

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