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Patent Reform, Patent Trolls, Non-Practicing Entities (NPEs).

Being proactive regarding patent reform, on the issue of trolls and non-practicing entities (NPEs).

I thought the conversation in the comments section of the Techdirt article about Bill Gates working with Nathan Myhrvold was a good one. I wanted to paste a copy here.

Peter,

I agree that forums such as these are good for voicing concerns about those who are benefiting from the patent law system in its present form. However, it does nobody any good until someone on the federal level *who has legislative power* gets interested in the subject matter and takes action on it. My experience is that this almost never happens until people like YOU, ME, and OTHERS start writing letters, sending e-mails, and making phone calls.

Those in power need to be EDUCATED on the issues we are discussing on this mini-forum, but they will likely not come to you or read this article and its many comments. HENCE, WE NEED TO BE PROACTIVE AND DO SOMETHING about issues we see that affect the integrity of our patent system.

Someone below referred to me as a “self-labeled troll.” I find that comment to be slightly ignorant. Rather, I’m an activist and I prefer to fix the problems at its source rather than fighting those who have figured out a way to benefit from the system as it is. While I am very against those who abuse the system with frivolous law suits, patent assertions, and litigation tactics, ESPECIALLY from NPEs (non-practicing entities), ***always remember that there would be no such thing as a patent troll if companies would be fair about taking licenses from little guys (individual inventors and/or small companies who cannot afford the patent enforcement process.)***

My opinion is that there should be stronger patent protection for inventors so that there would be no incentive to sell to a troll for pennies on the dollar.

As for the topic of NPEs, I don’t quite have a solution, nor do I know what to do about them, but I do see it as being an issue.