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Proposed New Law Targets Patent Trolls

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In an effort to protect technology companies from "patent trolls" who buy patents solely to sue others for infringement, Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) recently introduced the Saving High-tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes (SHIELD) Act in the House of Representatives. Since financial restraints and high legal costs often force smaller companies to settle even when they are not in the wrong, the Act aims to reduce patent trolling by requiring a plaintiff whose suit is unsuccessful to pay the defendant’s legal costs.

Here is a roundup of news and opinion coverage on the SHIELD Act:

How do you think the SHIELD Act could affect your lab, partners, business, etc.? Let us know in the comments!



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