Boom or bust for patent trolls?

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House of Representatives passing the Innovation Act in December, and now heading for the Senate, does 2014 hold the answer to the patent troll question? Andrew Mizner reports.

In 2013, the dockets of courts in jurisdictions as diverse as East Texas, Delaware and South Florida were inundated with patent cases filed by non-practicing entities – or, as they are more commonly known, patent trolls.

The mixed fortunes of those – largely big manufacturers – defending such actions are encapsulated by Apple. Having lost an attempt in October to defend its third-party developers from Texan troll Lodsys, the Californian electronics giant a few weeks later won a case against WiLan, a Canadian NPE.

Originally published in CDR.

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