'Patent Troll' Bill By Neb. AG Would Criminalize Bad Faith Suits

Law360, New York (January 8, 2014, 7:18 PM EST) -- Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning took the next step Wednesday in his aggressive battle against so-called patent trolls, proposing a bill in the state Legislature that would make it a crime to allege patent infringement in bad faith.

The Nebraska Patent Abuse Prevention Act, which was introduced by state Sen. Heath Mello at Bruning's request, would make it a violation of Nebraska's existing state consumer protection law to send letters making baseless allegations of patent infringement. Vermont is the only other state with a similar statute, which...
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