US patent lawsuits now dominated by 'trolls' -study

Posted by BernardSwiss on Dec 13, 2012 8:18 AM EDT
Reuters; By Sarah McBride
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For the first time, individuals and companies that do not themselves make anything - commonly known as "patent trolls" - are bringing the majority of U.S. patent lawsuits, according to a study by a California law professor. The sharp increase in this type of lawsuit serves as a milestone likely to exacerbate the tension over patent issues and increase calls for patent reform and scrutiny of the system.

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