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Can Patent Trolling Be Legislated Away?

Publication Date: 
August 02, 2012
The Motley Fool
Dan Radovsky

Professor Mark A. Lemley discusses the possible effects of legislation on patent trolling in the following article by Dan Radovsky of the Motley Fool.

Are we finally seeing a tectonic shift toward common sense in the sometimes-nonsensical world of high-tech patent infringement lawsuits?

First, one month ago, the highly respected -- and iconoclastic -- Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Richard Posner poured cold water on Apple's (Nasdaq: AAPL) patent trespassing claims against Motorola Mobility, a unit of Google (Nasdaq: GOOG).


And those bills can really mount up. Mark Lemley, director of Stanford University's law, science, and technology program, said that Apple and Google "have paid their lawyers more than $400 million" in their patent battles over the past several years. And as of last January, Apple is rumored to have spent $100 million in its lawsuit with HTC over allegedly stealing Apple technology for its Android mobile devices.