Ky. To Consider Reining In 'Patent Trolls'

By Dan Prochilo (February 11, 2014, 2:53 PM EST) -- A Kentucky state senator has introduced a bill aimed at so-called patent trolls that would criminalize making bad faith patent infringement allegations and making baseless demands for licensing fees, mirroring similar bills under consideration in Nebraska and Oregon.

A draft of the bill released Monday by one of its co-authors, Republican state Sen. Whitney Westerfield, would enable the state attorney general to file legal action against entities that send out letters making vague or illegitimate patent-infringement litigation threats designed to intimidate their targets into licensing agreements.

The proposed law, which would render groundless infringement accusations a violation of the Kentucky Consumer...

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