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It's working on more resources for people and companies who are victims of patent trolling

Companies that launch patent lawsuits against others in order to get licensing fees for products or services that aren't even based on the patents -- better known as patent trolls -- are getting out of hand, and the Obama administration is looking to control these trolls with tighter initiatives. 

Whitehouse.gov offered a handy little chart that shows what the government plans to do to prevent patent trolling.

So far, the Obama administration has launched a website to answer questions for people or companies that have received demand letters; issued a draft rule boost competition and make it more difficult to hide "abusive" litigation methods; implemented a training program for patent abuse; launched better exclusion order enforcement, and is working with stakeholders to give input on patent issues and policies. 

Now, the government is taking further action by working on new initiatives, programs and resources that offer up-to-date information on tech fields and how to determine if an invention is "truly novel."

The plan is to also offer legal help to small businesses and inventors, and create a program that strengthens incentives for inventors who are creating technologies that benefit humanity. 


[SOURCE: 42 Floors]

The government announced the original five initiatives back in June 2013, recognizing that the number of patent troll cases tying up courts was getting out of hand. 

A notable example of patent trolling is Apple vs. Samsung. The two have been duking it out since April 2011, when Apple accused Samsung of copying the iPhone and iPad devices. They've launched patent lawsuits back and forth all over the world since then, and have attempted mediation, but can't seem to come to an agreement.

Samsung has been warring with Dyson, as well. In August 2013, Dyson filed a lawsuit against Samsung over a new vacuum that the Galaxy device maker revealed at IFA 2013. Dyson claimed that Samsung's MotionSync steering mechanism copied its own DC37 and DC39 models. However, three months after launching the suit, Dyson dropped the case. Samsung then accused Dyson of using patent litigation as a marketing tool, and said Dyson's previous lawsuits with other companies further prove this. Samsung recently countersued for $9.43 million

Samsung recently had better luck with other companies, though. It managed to settle with Google, Ericsson and Cisco separately in recent weeks to end all litigation related to patents.

Source: Whitehouse.gov





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