Obama Plan To Squelch 'Patent Trolls' May Come Up Short

By Bill Donahue (June 4, 2013, 7:51 PM EDT) -- The Obama administration on Tuesday dove into the debate over so-called patent trolls by introducing a package of legislative and executive proposals aimed at curbing frivolous lawsuits, but some patent attorneys are skeptical that the policy changes would be effective.

The White House said the measures — seven legislative bullet points and five executive orders — were designed to "protect innovators" from the growing number of lawsuits filed by trolls, otherwise known as nonpracticing entities or patent assertion entities.

But patent attorneys surveyed by Law360, though generally praising the president's attention to the problem and some aspects of the new proposals,...

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