Under 'Patent Troll' Deal, Minn. Can Vet Infringement Notices

By Dan Prochilo (August 21, 2013, 5:51 PM EDT) -- A so-called patent troll that has been the subject of investigations in at least three states after sending out mass mailings threatening businesses with infringement suits reached a unique settlement with the Minnesota attorney general's office Tuesday, empowering state authorities to vet such notices before they're sent.

The settlement, considered to be the first of its kind in the U.S., was reached just over a month after two U.S. congressmen introduced a bill targeting patent trolls that would raise the pleading requirements for infringement suits, and weeks after the Nebraska attorney general's office opened its own investigation into the same licensing...

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