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Is the troll tracker bowing out?

The Troll Tracker has a post up today in which he says he is unsure about the use of the term patent troll because it doesn't distinguish owners of legitimate patents who exercise their rights from those who try to exercise questionable rights and patents. But then he goes on to say, "Anyway, over the last few months I have begun to transition out the term. It doesn't add anything to the dialogue; in fact, it distracts from the message I'm trying to get across. That message being that patents are not being asserted like they were 20 years ago, that today's American small and large businesses have to navigate a minefield like never before. Whether the plaintiffs are well-deserving individual inventors, their shell corporations, or large licensing entities solely seeking to monetize patents, it adds up for the mom-and-pop businesses and the big corporations alike. All I want to do is highlight who is behind these cases, who is backing them financially, and where these cases are being litigated. And if we can have some fun along the way, and not take ourselves so seriously, all the better, right?" link here

He seems also to be suggesting that he wants to cease posting.


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