Patent Trolls May Change Tactics After State AGs Get Tough

Law360, New York (August 29, 2013, 8:11 PM EDT) -- A recent settlement that allows Minnesota's attorney general to screen the demand letters of a so-called patent troll could force other nonpracticing entities to rethink their tactic of blanketing small companies with vague letters alleging patent infringement, attorneys say.

In announcing the deal last week, Attorney General Lori Swanson said MPHJ Technology Investments LLC had run afoul of state consumer protection laws by accusing small companies of infringing scanner patents with little evidence and demanding they pay $1,000 per employee to avoid a lawsuit.

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