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Battle of the trolls

No, we are not talking about Middle-earth (sorry nerds). We are talking about an industry nuisance – the patent troll. Now, the image that may come to mind for you upon hearing the term “patent troll,” is one of a gnarly, greenish creature under a bridge sketching indecipherable images. The funny thing is, actual patent trolls are not that far off. A patent troll, or a non-practicing entity (NPE), is an individual or company that acquires overly broad patents for the sole purpose of extorting licensing fees from legitimate creators. Today, more than half of patent infringement claims are brought by...

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Act now…this offer is available for a limited time only!

Did we get your attention? Good. That was the point. The subject line of this newsletter, much like many of those limited time offer claims you see on tv, was used purely to elicit an immediate response. Just like this email will be available in your inbox any time you want to read it, those “limited time offers” are available any time a consumer calls or places an order online – not just in that 10 minute time period as many ads suggest. Soliciting a response from a consumer in this way may seem harmless enough, but this common practice...

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