From the Hill—States Go After Patent Trolls—How Far Can They Go?

Vol. 6 No. 6

By

Hayden W. Gregory is legislative consultant for the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law in Washington, D.C.

In the May/June issue, this column continued its series of discussions concerning efforts to develop legal mechanisms and strategies to combat abusive practices in patent infringement enforcement by so-called patent “trolls,” also known as “non-practicing entities” (NPEs) and “patent assertion entities” (PAEs). The discussion then focused on the utilization of “bad faith demand letters” by PAEs as a technique to extract or extort unjustified settlements from parties alleged to be infringing a patent.

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