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Ars Technica: New anti-troll bill advances, but reformers say it may hurt more than help
2014-07-11 1:16pm -07:00T Visit Ars Technica


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The TROL Act would target patent-holding entities that send demand letters to businesses.

Less than two months after Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) killed a comprehensive anti-patent-troll bill which had been passed by the House of Representatives, a much more modest bill taking aim at trolls has passed through a key subcommittee.

The TROL (Targeting Roguexe and Opaque Letters) Act of 2014 (PDF), which passed by a 13-6 vote yesterday, is modest in scope. It only targets patent trolls that send out "demand letters" that some believe are misleading. The bill would make the act of sending a patent demand letter "in bad faith" punishable as an "unfair or deceptive act" under the FTC Act.

Sending a letter would only be a crime if the letter met certain conditions, such as attempting to assert an invalid patent.

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