Tuesday, November 10, 2015

SLS Intern Contribution: Patent Trolls

By SLS Legal Research and Writing Intern Brynna Bolt

"New-Troll-1" by EFF Photos is licensed under CC BY 2.0
Chances are you, or someone you know, has probably had an idea for a new mobile app. Before you take the development of your idea any further, though, there are some things you should know about patent trolls.

Patent trolls typically do not manufacture new products or develop new ideas, but instead purchase intentionally broad patents from bankrupt companies in need of funds. Then, when these patents are inevitably infringed upon, the troll can threaten or use litigation to force infringers to pay for their use of the patented technology or idea.