'Patent Troll' Wants Vt. AG Consumer Protection Suit Nixed

By Ryan Davis (September 20, 2013, 7:33 PM EDT) -- The so-called patent troll sued by Vermont's attorney general over alleged violations of the state's consumer protection laws asked a court Tuesday to throw out the suit, calling it an "unprecedented" interference by a state into the federal patent system.

MPHJ Technology Investments LLC, which Attorney General Bill Sorrell alleged in a suit filed in May had engaged in "deceptive practices" by accusing small Vermont businesses of infringing its document scanning patents, said in its motion to dismiss that the courts have no personal jurisdiction over MPHJ. 

The Delaware company said its only contacts with Vermont are the letters it has...

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