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The SHIELD Act: troll killer or innovation chiller?

Alli Pyrah, New York


This week, US politicians reintroduced a bill that would force patent trolls who sue and lose to cover defendants’ legal costs. Would such a loser pays system reduce frivolous litigation, or is it treating the symptoms of the problem rather than the cause? Alli Pyrah reports

On Wednesday, two US Congressmen introduced a redrafted version of the SHIELD Act 2013 – an acronym for "Saving High-Tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes". The bipartisan bill, which was originally proposed last year, aims to prevent patent trolls from abusing...


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