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by Mike Masnick


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Law Firm Advertises That It Won't Represent Patent Trolls

from the backlash-time dept

With the growing attention on the issue of "patent trolls" (a term I am not a fan of), it appears that at least one IP law firm is taking a stand. It's come out with an advertisement in which it urges clients not to support any law firm that represents "patent trolls." It's certainly nice to see law firms be upfront about the fact that they believe these types of firms are abusing the patent system, even in such an in-your-face advertising manner. Hopefully tech companies will start asking their lawyers if they represent patent holding firms and will take their business elsewhere if they do. If it becomes a big enough issue, then perhaps lawyers will think twice before representing such firms.

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    angry dude welcoming cmte, 13 Mar 2008 @ 6:26am

    Will they...

    ...represent comment trolls?

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    angry dude, 13 Mar 2008 @ 6:29am

    Awesome

    So, they won't represent IBM ?

    As far as I know IBM is the biggest patent troll on Earth.

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    angry dude welcoming cmte, 13 Mar 2008 @ 6:32am

    that's awesome...

    ... i just had this feeling you were here.

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    Anonymous Coward, 13 Mar 2008 @ 6:47am

    Don't feed the troll

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    ttrygve, 13 Mar 2008 @ 7:26am

    they probably appreciate the "patent trolls"

    No matter what they think about the rampant abuse of the patent system, it does create a demand for lots of lawyers for the abuse of the system, but at the same time creates a large demand for plenty of lawyers for the defense. The firm probably doesn't actually care about that issue, it's just smart marketing if you're targeting the defendants.

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    THe infamous Joe, 13 Mar 2008 @ 7:46am

    Hm...

    Maybe he's so angry because he censors himself...? I'd be pretty pissed if all my S's became dollar Sign$... damnit! Now *I'm* angry!

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    Redbeard, 13 Mar 2008 @ 8:07am

    but they represent Verizon

    Wasn't Verizon one of the 'patent trolls' that sued Vonage over VoIP patents?

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      It Wasnt me, 13 Mar 2008 @ 9:03am

      Re: but they represent Verizon

      well 1st you should see whats the official definition for patent troll (i have a feeling you ll find lots of confliting ones)

      then see if Verizon applies.

      and then you u can try suing them for false advertising.

      good luck

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    sean, 13 Mar 2008 @ 8:27am

    oh my!

    i saw a patent troll once... it was hidding under a bridge, freakin scary a$$ troll!

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    notanonymouscoward, 13 Mar 2008 @ 2:56pm

    Congress is going after Patent Trolls

    Isn't Congress going after Patent Trolls in the Patent Reform bill being considered in the Senate? Sen. Diane Feinstein has specifically called out Patent Trolls in an amendment that would block them in some cases.

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    MLS, 13 Mar 2008 @ 4:41pm

    Howery "Ad"

    Nothing more than an advertisement that if you are sued by a "troll", then we are your kind of guys and gals to go to bat for you. Personally, I hate lawyer advertisements and would never use one. They remind me in a way of all the drug ads we see today on television and in print.

    What is a bit unsettling, though legal, is the obvious attempt to play off "Ghostbusters", and then to note that the play off "Troll Busters" is officially a service mark of the law firm. There was a time when trademarks were never used by law firms, and that included law firms specializing in patent, trademark, copyright and unfair competition law.

    My trademark views by law firms aside, my favorite is still Morrison Foerster's registration and use of the service mark "MoFo".

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    Patent law firm, 24 Aug 2009 @ 10:21pm

    Good post. Had definitely shown different angles in patent wars.
    Stacy

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