House Panel Approves Patent Troll Demand Letter Bill

Law360, New York (April 29, 2015, 8:00 PM EDT) -- A bill aimed at halting misleading demand letters by patent trolls advanced to the full U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday after winning the approval of the Energy and Commerce Committee, amid concern from some members that it would be too difficult to enforce.

The 30-22 vote came one week after an Energy and Commerce subcommittee voted to advance the measure, known as the Targeting Rogue and Opaque Letters Act, or TROL Act.

The measure gives the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general the authority to impose civil penalties on companies that send misleading letters in bad faith demanding that...

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