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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 | Comments Disabled

troll demand letter [1]Virginia Joins Vermont, Nebraska and Others

Yesterday, the Virginia House of Delegates introduced House Bill No. 375, entitled Bad Faith Assertions of Patent Infringement [2]. 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 [3], 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 [4]e a few weeks back, the Senate is expected to move forward on the companion bill [5] in a matter of weeks.

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[2] Bill No. 375, entitled Bad Faith Assertions of Patent Infringement: http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?141+ful+HB375+pdf

[3] bad faith letters constitute deceptive trade practices: http://www.patentspostgrant.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Nebraska-Bill.pdf

[4] Innovation Act (HR 3309) passed by the Hous: http://www.patentspostgrant.com/lang/en/2013/12/house-passes-goodlatte-bill

[5] 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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