Sunday, June 05, 2011

More on "patent trolling": Tech Dirt artcile links Myhrvold to practice

Tech Dirt has a provocative story linking the business operations of Nathan Myhrvold to “patent trolling”: setting up small companies, “selling” them patents, and then using these companies to sue legitimate inventors. The model sounds vaguely like Righthaven and copyright trolling.

The Tech Dirt link is here.

The terms “bait and switch” and “patent shakedown” get used here. It’s pretty easy to imagine the same kind of operation with trademarks against amateur domain name holders, claiming prospective infringement under the 2006 law.

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