Entrepreneurship · Patents

Have you or someone you know had an experience with a ‘patent troll?’

Yana Podskrebalina QA Test Engineer at Woact Company

Last updated on May 24th, 2017

I recently read that a new Supreme Court ruling will make it harder for “patent trolls” (people who hold patents just to sue) to sue companies by moving to more favorable jurisdictions like East Texas. Now the hearings will be in the defendant’s jurisdiction. Frankly, I wasn’t aware of patent trolls before reading about this ruling. Have you or anyone you know had experiences with them?

Rob G

May 24th, 2017

i think this recent ruling makes sense. The downside is now lots of judges are going to have to get up to speed on patent law. Those of us who are not lawyers often tend to think that judges are all uber smart and know everything about the law - they should, they are the ones making the decisions. My experience in the courtroom indicates otherwise. Unless you get a jury you need to hope that luck rolls your way and you get a smart judge if you have to fight a patent case. Like most controversial subjects, patent law and patent trolls can be good or bad depending on your situation. I've never been sued for patent infringement, but if you are a patent holder and you don't have seriously deep pockets, it is at least an option to team with a patent 'troll' to enforce against much larger and better funded opponents. The dealings i've had with patent trolls or NPEs - "non practicing entities" as they prefer to call themselves, have been positive overall. I think patent trolls are no different than law firms who make their living suing whomever they can find with deep pockets for the perceived transgression du jure in hopes of settling out of court.