Posts Tagged: extortion


Taking Aim at Patent Troll Demand Letters

Bad demand letters are a big problem for U.S. small businesses, costing them millions of dollars in settlement fees and legal costs annually. Patent trolls often …
By Gene Quinn
6 years ago 1

Identifying the Real Patent Extortionists: A Review of the Extortionist Demand Letter

Congress is on the cusp of passing legislation that is said to be designed to control the so-called “patent troll.” Of course, as belatedly recognized by the …
By Steve Moore
6 years ago 1

Chief Judge Rader Speaks Out About Patent Litigation Abuse

Chief Judge Rader: "The patent system has a narrow focus. It is not a consumer affairs program. It is not a manufacturers guarantee compliance program. It’s …
By Gene Quinn
7 years ago 23

New Patent Reform Takes Swing at Patent Trolls

Yesterday Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) introduced the Saving High-tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes Act, or SHIELD Act for short. If ever …
By Gene Quinn
7 years ago 10

Indicia of Extortion – Federal Circuit Slams Patent Troll

It was also determined that the underlying patent litigation was brought for no other reason than to extract nuisance payments despite the fact that there was no …
By Gene Quinn
8 years ago 9

Extortion Patent Style: Small Business in the Troll Crosshairs

Between 1995 and 2009 the overall median patent litigation damage award was $5.2 million, but between 2002-2009 there was a huge discrepancy between the average damage award for practicing entities …
By Gene Quinn
9 years ago 37