Vt gov signs novel law against false patent claims

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Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 12:00 am

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has signed into law a novel measure aimed at protecting companies from so-called patent trolling - the practice of making deceptive claims of patent infringement in the hopes of collecting licensing or settlement money.

The new law, believed to be the first in the nation, allows courts to consider if a claim is deceptive, specifies factors that can be considered as evidence, and provides for damages or relief to Vermont companies wrongly pressured into paying licensing fees or a settlement.

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