Denver Patent Attorney Discusses Patent Trolls – Part 3 of 3
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Interviewer: I thought the article was about Vermont?
Patent Attorney: Yes, the article explains that Nebraska is the second state going after these so-called frivolous lawsuits.
Interviewer: And Vermont is the first state?
Patent Attorney: Right, apparently Nebraska was inspired by Vermont, who filed a lawsuit in May against a patent holding company after several Vermont businesses were threatened. Apparently even two Vermont charities were threatened by the patent holding company.
Interviewer: Are any of the sates successful in deterring patent trolls?
Patent Attorney: I think that is yet to be seen. But, a lot of companies, and even some charities according to this article, are being threatened with litigation, and so it is definitely making the headlines lately.
Interviewer: Are there any laws specifically on point?
Patent Attorney: The article does mention the use of Vermont’s Consumer Protection Act, and legislation was also passed in May in Vermont giving someone accused of patent infringement the right to counter-sue if it is in bad faith. Of course, proving bad faith is a whole other issue in itself.
Interviewer: Sounds like we will be hearing a lot more about patent trolls . . . . Thank you, I think that’s all we have time for today. For more information, be sure to visit Trenner Law Firm’s website at www.us-patentattorney.com and Mark Trenner’s blog over at www.ipatentattorney.org