Generally, a troll is …

“Generally, a troll is a colloquial reference to those who seek to enforce patents opportunistically, relying on a weak or overbroad patent grant and often using a legal strategy typified by a demand letter offering settlement for relatively low dollars so a company will write a check instead of fighting on principle in court. It is a decades old, legally abusive shakedown of business, albeit with a new face.”


There’s a reason why those who make these sweeping accusations never support them with facts…they don’t exist. Rarely does anyone ever assert patents they know are questionable -for good reasons.

1. It can cost millions to assert. No one in their right mind would risk their hard fought capital on such a lark.
2. Contingent litigators, which is what most small entities use, are very picky about what cases they take because they don’t want to invest their time and money on a known loser and because if they did they would run the risk of being sanctioned by the court which could affect their reputation and all their future cases -so laws are already in place to deal with this highly unlikely situation.

The author is just another PR hack paid by large invention thieves. Don’t believe their lies.

Bartlett Cleland is the managing principal at Madery Bridge Associates, LLC.  Bartlett is also the policy counsel for the Institute for Policy Innovation.’

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