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Virginia to Thwart Abusive Patent Troll Demand Letter Practices
Posted By Scott A. McKeown On 9 January 2014 @ 15:32 In Patent Law Reform | No Comments
Yesterday, the Virginia House of Delegates introduced House Bill No. 375, entitled Bad Faith Assertions of Patent Infringement . The bill tracks, in part, similar consumer protection bills introduced in Nebraska and Vermont. Nebraska has taken the matter a step forward and is now proposing that bad faith letters constitute deceptive trade practices , subject to criminal penalties.
These statutes can complicate matters for the handful of trolls that rely on letter writing campaigns for quick, $10,000 settlements (often mailing hotels and restaurants, claiming to own laser printing and/or basic WiFi concepts). These types of trolls are a relatively recent phenomena.
Meanwhile, the Senate is expected to turn to patent reform this month. As a reminder, with the Innovation Act (HR 3309) passed by the Hous e a few weeks back, the Senate is expected to move forward on the companion bill  in a matter of weeks.
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 Bill No. 375, entitled Bad Faith Assertions of Patent Infringement: http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?141+ful+HB375+pdf
 bad faith letters constitute deceptive trade practices: http://www.patentspostgrant.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Nebraska-Bill.pdf
 Innovation Act (HR 3309) passed by the Hous: http://www.patentspostgrant.com/lang/en/2013/12/house-passes-goodlatte-bill
 move forward on the companion bill: http://www.patentspostgrant.com/lang/en/2013/12/senate-picks-up-patent-reform-debate-on-december-17th
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