PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) — The Rhode Island state
Senate has unanimously advanced legislation that bars “patent trolls” in the
Under the new legislation, people cannot make bad faith
assertions of patent infringement against a Rhode Island business or
“Patent trolls” are individuals or companies that acquire
patents in order to extract fees and settlements from people they deem
infringers. Under the legislation, a business or individual can take action
against the patent troll in the Rhode Island Supreme Court and may be awarded
"The threat of a frivolous lawsuit, let alone the cost
of litigation should a lawsuit ever be filed, can be devastating, particularly
for small business owners and non-profit agencies,” said Rhode Island Attorney
General Peter Kilmartin. “Patent trolls gamble on a small business simply
paying the alleged license fee versus fighting the matter in a court of law.
It's deceptive and a misuse of our current patent system.
"Rhode Island's small
businesses have enough obstacles to success already. They cannot afford to be
attacked by dubious patent trolls looking to make a quick buck.”
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