Lawyers' Voices Needed In Anti-Troll Debate, Judge Says

By Ryan Davis (October 10, 2013, 8:02 PM EDT) -- Attorneys must get involved in the debate in Congress over legislation to rein in so-called patent trolls, since lawmakers have an "abysmal" understanding of patent law and are at risk of making harmful changes to the patent system, the former chief judge of the Federal Circuit said at a forum Wednesday.

Judge Paul Michel, who retired from the appeals court in 2010, was one of many speakers at a forum on nonpracticing entity litigation organized by the New York Intellectual Property Law Association who expressed concern that bills now under consideration in Washington may not be effective at curbing abusive patent...

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