HBO's 'Silicon Valley' Dedicates Episode To Patent Trolls

Law360, New York (June 5, 2017, 9:58 PM EDT) -- HBO’s geek culture sitcom "Silicon Valley" offered America a new kind of villain in Sunday night’s episode, but intellectual property attorneys already know them well: nonpracticing entities, or what some call patent trolls.

In what may be the first pop culture reference to the phenomenon, the show's episode titled “The Patent Troll” spares them no disdain in a portrayal that some intellectual property attorneys disputed Monday. As the series’ protagonist Richard watches his data-saver app climb to the top of download charts in his fledgling company’s first sign of success, an attorney hits him with a $20,000 infringement suit asserting a...

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