Year Ahead: In US, 2014 Promises Bad News For Patent Trolls And Trademark OwnersPublished on 15 January 2014 @ 8:24 pm
By Steven Seidenberg for Intellectual Property Watch
2013 was an awkward year in the United States for so-called “patent trolls.” These companies, whose primary business is monetising their patents through licensing and litigation, faced growing criticism from academics, business executives, and US government officials. 2014 could prove even worse for trolls: America’s Congress, courts and executive branch are now considering various measures that would make patent trolling more difficult. And those are just some of the major changes that are likely to roil the US IP system this year.