"Patent Troll" Debate A Waste Of Time, Congress Told

Law360 (June 15, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. House of Representatives heard testimony from industry Thursday about the problem of so-called patent trolls, but the only thing agreed on was that defining the derogatory term is a waste of time.

The term, coined by former Intel legal counsel Peter Detkin, refers to a slew of patent holding companies that target industry with patent litigation to win settlements.

Patent trolls have been blamed for bringing to light a great deal of the loopholes in U.S. patent law and abusing them to the detriment...
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