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Scores of profs give hated US patent law an F minus, demand massive rewrite

The Register - A group of 60 or so US law professors have publicly backed an effort to overhaul the US patent system.

The brainy gang, who signed a letter published by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, asks lawmakers to step up efforts to reform patent law and the system for which patent holders can file suit for allegations of infringement.

 

In the letter [PDF], the professors argue that the patent litigation system is in need of an overhaul in order to halt the endless legal battles, particularly those launched by a new class of firms known as patent assertion entities (PAEs) – more commonly known by the moniker "patent trolls."

The professors argue that the high costs of defending infringement cases are being exploited by the PAEs to strong-arm smaller companies into agreeing to patent licensing deals.

"Because PAEs do not make or sell any products of their own, they cannot be countersued for infringement. As a result, PAEs can use the high cost of patent litigation to their advantage," the letter explains.