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Iron Dome win raises fears of “PTAB trolls”

Michael Loney, New York

Iron Dome, which threatened to file an IPR petition against an NPE’s patent if it was not granted a licence for its members, has won dismissal of a lawsuit accusing it of extortion. It is not the only company using this tactic, leading to talk of “PTAB trolls” and questions of whether fee shifting should be an option at the PTAB

Iron Dome had been accused of using the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) for extortion in a civil suit in the District of Delaware. The suit said Iron Dome threatened to bring an inter partes review (IPR) against non-practicing...

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