Lawyers Weigh In On Obama 'Patent Troll' Initiatives

Law360, New York (June 5, 2013, 8:54 PM EDT) -- President Barack Obama plunged into the debate over so-called patent trolls on Tuesday, introducing a package of legislative and executive proposals aimed at curbing frivolous lawsuits. Here, attorneys tell Law360 if the proposals will have any effect on nonpracticing entities.

William F. Abrams, King & Spalding LLP

"NPEs will dislike the provisions requiring special scrutiny of their patents and their businesses, but will work around it. NPEs most fear loser pays/fee shifting for unsuccessful lawsuits, and the White House order does not cover this. Section 285 of the Patent Act allows fee shifting but, according to [Chief Judge Randall Rader] of...

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