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Old 05-01-2013, 08:31 AM   #1
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LXer: Barnes & Noble's Common Sense Suggestions to the FTC and DOJ on Patent Trolls

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The public comments sent to the FTC and DOJ on patent trolls are fascinating. I'd like to show you one outstanding submission, by Barnes & Noble [PDF], who has been sued by trolls, or politely Patent Assertion Entities, or PAEs, over 25 times in the last five years (and received an additional 20+ claims that didn't result in litigation) which meant it has spent tens of millions defending against the avalanche in those five years. They have yet to lose, so they ask what is the point of a company having to endure constant claims that are without merit? Nobody pays them back in full to make them whole, even when they were totally innocent. Its submission begins: "The patent system is broken,"



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