ترول ایرانی

گالری عکس

WI Assembly Passes 1st in the Nation “Patent Troll” Bill

Still has to clear the state Senate, but this is a huge law if we want to see technological businesses (and the end users who often are the victims of patent trolls) flourish in Wisconsin.

Patent trolls cost the U.S. economy over $29 billion-plus annually.  That’s lost innovation, lost jobs and lost revenue to people who didn’t create the initial tech, but only bought an expired patent and then proceeded to sue for money that never was rightfully theirs.

Madison – Today the Wisconsin State Assembly passed Assembly Bill 656, the Patent Notification Act, a bill authored by State Representative Adam Neylon (R-Pewaukee) targeting “patent trolls.” The legislation makes predatory patent trolling illegal in Wisconsin by creating a standardized notification process for patent assertion entities to notify individuals or entities operating in Wisconsin, which they suspect are infringing on their intellectual property rights. Wisconsin is the first state to have passed such legislation.

“Wisconsin is leading the fight to protect businesses from patent trolls in America. This bill sends a clear message to patent trolls around the country to think twice before scamming Wisconsin businesses. As new technology develops, this type of predatory behavior will persist unless something is done to level the playing field. We must protect the innovation leading to job creation, without over regulating the process so companies or institutions making a legitimate claim are protected.

“I’d like to thank my colleagues in the Assembly for joining me in the fight against patent trolls. By offering this proactive solution to address the issues facing us today, we show our ability to adapt to the times and protect innovation to ensure economic prosperity continues in the state of Wisconsin now and into the future,” Neylon commented.

The bill passed on a voice vote, which means it likely passed on unanimous consent.

ADDENDUM:  Obviously, there is some legal question as whether this will have any teeth to it.  Patents are a federal issue, and their rules may trump Wisconsin’s.

Be Sociable, Share!