How the Tech Lobby Got Beat | US News

The push for a new law was fueled by cases of small businesses and tech innovators being drained of their limited budgets by “patent trolls” – entities using patents not to build or improve inventions, but to threaten people with infringement lawsuits to extort settlements as an alternative to expensive litigation.

Patent trolls sometimes use poorly defined or expired patents on consumer technology to extort out-of-court settlements from small businesses.

via How the Tech Lobby Got Beat – US News.

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