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Patent trolls face harsh criticism at Senate hearing

David Hatch, Washington DC


There was strong rhetoric at a Thursday US Senate hearing on deceptive practices by patent monetisation firms, with trolls accused of extortion and fraud and "whistleblowers" urged to come forward

Senate hearing witnessesAttention whistleblowers at patent monetisation firms that threaten the elderly, non-profits and small businesses: the US Senate wants to talk to you.

Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, head of a Senate consumer protection subcommittee, promised anonymity on Thursday for employees at...


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