When patent trolls are outlawed only outlaws will patent trolls … or maybe only outlaw trolls will have patents …

From TechDirt:

trollIt should come as little surprise to hear that a judge (in East Texas, of course) has told a defendant he may not refer to the plaintiff suing him as a “patent troll.” This actually is quite reasonable for a variety of reasons. Obviously, the term has extremely negative connotations without a clear definition, opening it up to serious misuse. Also, there isn’t anything illegal about being a patent troll anyway (yet). It is bad for innovation and it’s bad for the patent system — but the reason such actions are so popular is that, for the most part, they are perfectly (if ridiculously) legal. With that in mind, focusing on name calling clearly isn’t the best way to get out of the lawsuit. Still, it is rather amusing that things would reach such a level that this would even merit a judge ruling on the term.

Will his honor please issue a ruling keeping them out from under bridges unless some patent billy goats are nearby?

Are patent trolls where they get patent leather?

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4 thoughts on “When patent trolls are outlawed only outlaws will patent trolls … or maybe only outlaw trolls will have patents …

  1. OK, take your complaints about dissing East Texas to the gang at TechDirt and leave me out of it. I will say, however, most of my favorite parts of Texas — Luckenbach, The Holy City of Lubbock, Austin & San Antonio — all seem to be in the non-Eastern part of the state. Meanwhile, Dallas and Houston (yuck) are both in the east. In its defense let me say that Kosse is in east Texas. What’s so great about Kosse? BOB WILLS WAS BORN THERE YOU DAMN HEATHEN.

  2. Pingback: Pick of the Thicket 10.17.07 « Dallas Public Relations Expert Scott Baradell’s Media Orchard

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