Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Professor Robin Feldman on New York A.G. Schneiderman's Settlement with “Patent Troll”

"Today’s historic New York settlement agreement strikes at the heart of this inappropriate behavior while protecting the legitimate exercise of patent rights."
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Professor Robin Feldman testifying before House Committee on Energy & Commerce.

New York A.G. Schneiderman today announced a groundbreaking settlement with MPHJ Technology Investments, LLC, a so-called “patent troll.”

From the release:

"The Attorney General’s investigation focused on MPHJ’s use of deceptive and abusive tactics when it contacted hundreds of small and medium-sized New York businesses in an effort to strong-arm them into paying MPHJ for patent licenses of dubious value. The settlement resolves the Attorney General’s investigations into MPHJ’s conduct and imposes requirements on MPHJ when communicating with New York businesses in the future. The requirements imposed on MPHJ in the settlement should be viewed by other patent trolls as the minimum standards that such entities seeking to contact New York businesses must follow to avoid liability for unlawful deceptive practices." 

The release also quotes UC Hastings Professor Robin Feldman:

Law Professor Robin Feldman, the Director of the Institute of Innovation Law at the University of California Hastings College of Law, said, “Misrepresentation and downright fraud have become a major problem with patents, particularly against vulnerable targets like individuals and small businesses. Today’s historic New York settlement agreement strikes at the heart of this inappropriate behavior while protecting the legitimate exercise of patent rights. The agreement provides a model for other states, and for federal regulators as well.”

Read the full release here: A.G. Schneiderman Announces Groundbreaking Settlement With Abusive “Patent Troll”

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MEDIA CONTACT for Prof. Robin Feldman:  

Alex A.G. Shapiro
Director, Communications & Public Affairs
UC Hastings College of the Law
Office: (415) 581-8842
Cell: (415) 813-9214
Email: shapiroa@uchastings.edu

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