Facts Show Patent Trolls Not Behind Rise In Suits

Law360, New York (January 15, 2014, 12:39 AM EST) -- The American patent system is at a crossroads. Just two and a half years removed from passage of the America Invents Act — the most dramatic overhaul of the U.S. patent system in generations — we see almost monthly legislative efforts to reform the system yet again. Driving this sentiment in large measure are well-publicized abuses of the patent system, particularly by opportunists referred to politely as "patent assertion entities" (and not-so-politely as "patent trolls").

This kind of opportunistic behavior is inevitable in capitalist economic systems when there are gaps in the law that are available to be exploited. The abuses...

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