Attacks On Patent Trolls Draw Concerns

Law360 (March 6, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- Patent trolls, which rely on a business model of acquiring and asserting patents, are generally disparaged by critics as clogging the courts with meritless suits and driving up the costs of patent litigation.

But some patent experts are calling for a better definition and overall understanding of patent trolls amid concerns that the negative campaign against them is beginning to give shape to pending legislation and Supreme Court decisions that aim to rein in patent holders' rights.

Joshua R. Slavitt, a partner at Pepper Hamilton LLP, said he is troubled that attacks on patent trolls appear to be having an impact...

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