- Kendall Scott
- Flower Mound, TX
- United States
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I heard about patent trolls on This American Life and I found the idea of lawyers sucking start ups dry horrifying. I am curious, besides those making money doing the suing, are there any supporters for patent trolls?
I also thought this would be a good chance to share a link to advocate changing the law (from change.org):
"The SHIELD Act is a clever piece of legislation introduced by by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT). The backronym stands for Saving High-Tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes. Under the Act, if the patent troll loses in court because the patent is found to be invalid or there is no infringement, then it pays the other side’s costs and legal fees, which often stretch into the millions of dollars. This "fee shifting" system would empower innovators to fight back, while discouraging trolls from threatening lawsuits to start. Please support this the SHIELD act to stop patent trolls!"
The SHIELD Act: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-112hr6245ih/pdf/BILLS-112hr6245ih.pdf