Defending The Trolls

Law360, New York (March 24, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- With considerable fanfare, Howrey LLP announced last week that it would no longer represent patent trolls. Why, it asked, “support firms that are helping propagate this scourge on legitimate business everywhere?”

How noble. And how convenient. With its newly minted anti-troll marketing, Howrey joins quite a chorus. We are told that patent trolls file frivolous cases on silly patents to extort quick settlements.

Legitimate technology companies are being held hostage by noisome litigants armed only with sketchy patents and a willingness to sue entire industries. This...
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