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house Bill H.R. 2045

Cracking Down on Patent Trolls

Argument in favor

Businesses need to be protected from frivolous patent demand letters that have no legal basis and drain resources that could be used to further their business.

pgshpak's Opinion
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05/29/2015
Listen to the podcast listed in the description. This bill aims to prevent fraud. It aims to stop those wishing to take advantage of loopholes. I wish we didn't need to waste time and money on this sort of thing, but listen to that podcast and you'll agree: we do.
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Frank's Opinion
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05/29/2015
In the end, it's only the people who suffer. Companies are now in the business of buying ideas.
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Peter's Opinion
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05/29/2015
I'm in the tech industry and think this needs to stop. Companies are making millions or more by suing everyone they can. This is not right but we have to protect legitimate cases.
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Argument opposed

People should have the right to protect their patents, so they can get paid for their innovations. Target the scammers, not the people seeking their fair share.

ThomasParker's Opinion
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05/28/2015
I would be in support of my state taking this legislative action. I am not in favor of transferring more authority to the FTC and allowing them to set a precedent for what is frivolous and what is not.
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RickS's Opinion
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05/29/2015
Fix the patent system. This will not handle the real problem.
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Maureen's Opinion
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05/29/2015
I prefer the states to have power over patent action or be able to also take action. Not be excluded from action if the FTC takes action.
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    Listen to the podcast listed in the description. This bill aims to prevent fraud. It aims to stop those wishing to take advantage of loopholes. I wish we didn't need to waste time and money on this sort of thing, but listen to that podcast and you'll agree: we do.
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    I would be in support of my state taking this legislative action. I am not in favor of transferring more authority to the FTC and allowing them to set a precedent for what is frivolous and what is not.
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    In the end, it's only the people who suffer. Companies are now in the business of buying ideas.
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    Fix the patent system. This will not handle the real problem.
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    Put An end to these scammers. Like so many other gimmicks to get rich quick without working a legitimate job. Same for medical malpractice scams.
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    Patent trolls are a legal method for the unscrupulous to shake down small companies with dubious lawsuits.
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    Trolling is only ok when you are fishing.
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    Patent laws in general need to be reformed to reflect the fast pace of technological innovation today, particularly in software. Cracking down on patent trolls would be a good first step.
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    I'm in the tech industry and think this needs to stop. Companies are making millions or more by suing everyone they can. This is not right but we have to protect legitimate cases.
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    I prefer the states to have power over patent action or be able to also take action. Not be excluded from action if the FTC takes action.
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    It is up to companies to protect their assets, not me
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    I am in favor of this, but there are also legitimate patent infringement that should not be stifled because of this bill so as long as legitimate claims can get through I am for this
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    Although it is currently fashionable to protect businesses and not individuals, it has hurt the U.S. economy and our culture badly. Just stop it now! On every issue!
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    This is just another form of bullying. Baseless threats of legal action to protect pseudo-patents and prevent another party from getting a patent registered is plain wrong.
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    Patents are an annoying speedbump to the companies that make it big, doing nothing but waste taxpayer money.
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    Many companies in this country have already figured out we are no longer at the top of anything other than amount on incarcerated per capita. We must continue to protect our intellectual property, because soon that will be our only valuable commodity.
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    Patient trolls look for money by making a vague product and when someone merely has any relation to it, they sue them. this needs to be stopped or there will be even more inequality in money.
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    Big business has a habit of stepping on the rights of legitimate people who get their ideas stolen from them.
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    How to be a Patent Troll: 1) Buy a vague patent. 2) Sue a random company that is using technology covered under your vague patent for millions of dollars. 3) Settle for less outside of court. 4) Congratulations, you're scum.
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    You can't trust business to do the right thing !
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