A patent lawyer who is also a patent expert says that she sees patent trolls as people who have stolen ideas from other inventors.
“The idea of patent trolls is very, very attractive to me,” said Amy E. Dickey, a professor at the University of California, Davis, who teaches the law of intellectual property at the law school.
“The fact that they’re using the patent to bully their rivals and their competitors is very attractive.”
In the US, a patent is a unique title that a company or company entity holds and can be used to make or sell goods and services.
It can be registered and applied for in a number of ways, including for new technology.
In most countries, the patent office can award patents for inventions.
However, the process of patenting an invention is far more complicated than most people realize.
Patent trolls often have several names:Patent troll = company that filed for a patent on an idea that others have already patented.
Patent troll = a company that has filed for patent on ideas that others do not have patents for.
Patent trolls = patents that are registered by a company with the same name, but that are filed on ideas from different inventors or companies.
“If you were a patent holder, you had to prove that the idea that was registered was yours,” Dickey said.
“But if you were an entrepreneur, you don’t have to prove the idea was yours.”
Patent trolling can be a serious problem.
In 2013, a company called Ubiq filed a patent for a “computer-assisted communication system,” which would let users chat and interact with each other.
The patent is in the process that will be challenged in court.
In May, the Supreme Court in the US ruled that the Patent Office has broad authority to award patent claims for inventions it does not have.
The patent troll problem can be traced back to the mid-1990s, when many companies began to file patents for things that are now known as Internet-of-Things products, including mobile devices and home automation.
“When you’re dealing with technology that is really going to be used for some very specific applications, the stakes are really high,” said Erika Puhl, a law professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison who specializes in patent law.
The US Patent and Trademark Office has received $6.5 billion in patent applications since 1995, according to data from the Institute for Justice, an advocacy group.
The US has roughly 30 patent trolls.
The troll problem began when the technology companies began filing for patents on ideas they had developed decades earlier.
The Patent Office’s patent office now has a backlog of about 1,500 patents that it has not even been able to review.
Dickey is particularly worried about trolls that are using the patents to bully other inventers.
“I’m not talking about people who are trying to sue me, but people who think that I’m a patent lawyer,” she said.
“There are so many patent trolls out there,” she continued.
“It’s almost like a mafia.
The trolls think, ‘I’m going to sue you, and then if you don`t sue me back, I`ll file another patent.'”
Patent attorney cat filterA patent attorney cat-filtered the words “patent troll” and “copyright troll” from my Google+ profile.
You can filter your profile at any time.
This is an opinion piece.
The views expressed in this article are those of just the author.