By Constance Lindman, SmithAmundsen LLC
Indiana recently joined the ranks of 17 other states that have either passed or are considering anti-patent troll legislation. While a few of the states take similar approaches, the legal landscape from state-to-state varies widely. And, because state legislation is not necessarily limited to true “trolls” (non-practicing entities), patent owners are wise to become informed on applicable state laws before sending a formal cease and desist or a more subtle offer to license. A list of passed and pending laws (though not yet updated with Indiana’s recent action) is available from Patent Progress here.
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