5 Tips For Startups Facing 'Patent Troll' Suits

Law360, New York (September 19, 2012, 10:22 PM EDT) -- Major companies are still the most attractive targets for patent suits by nonpracticing entities, but startups and small companies are frequently sued as well, and while their limited resources can restrict their options, attorneys say there are strategies startups should consider for dealing with the suits.

According to a paper published this week by Santa Clara University School of Law Professor Colleen Chien, the majority of suits by so-called patent trolls are actually filed against small companies, with 55 percent of defendants in such suits having less than $10 million in annual revenue.

Startups increasingly have been targeted by nonpracticing entities...

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