PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) – Rhode Island Attorney
General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that the Rhode Island General Assembly has
advanced legislation developed at his request that bans “patent trolls” in
The legislation, filed by House Corporation Committee
Chairman Brian Kennedy (D-District 38) and Senate Minority Leader Dennis L.
Algiere (R-District 38), disallows a person or company in the state from
making bad faith assertions of patent infringement against another business or
individual. The bill will now go to Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo for
"This is a very important pro-business action by the
General Assembly that will protect our small businesses from what are
essentially boardroom shakedowns that exploit a loophole in our existing patent
infringement laws," Kilmartin said. "I commend Chairman Kennedy and
Minority Leader (Dennis) Algiere for their continued work to see this legislation
"This legislation will serve to rein in the patent
trolls who have saddled small businesses with costly legal fees and hindered
job growth and development by making bad faith claims and frivolous threats
against Rhode Island's business and non-profit communities."
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