Bipartisan group of lawmakers eyes patent "troll" reform

06/2/2013 | Hill, The · Register (U.K.), The

The movement in Congress to enact legislation dealing with what some see at frivolous patent litigation has gained bipartisan steam with lawmakers from both parties supporting measures to address the growth of so-called "patent trolls." Proponents say they want to put more controls on companies that buy patents cheaply and then sue technology companies -- such as smartphone makers -- in hopes of reaching lucrative settlements. Also, Apple lost a bid to keep Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet out of the Netherlands when a court ruled on Friday that the device did not infringe on the iPad's patents.

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