by Jared A. Smith and Nicholas Transier –
An all-out war is being waged against patent trolls in every corner of the government. But why? To answer that question, this note considers a wide range of laws, rules, decisions, and other measures being offered up as a solution to the “troll problem.” In doing so, this note seeks to identify the potential issues with various proposed “solutions,” including their impact not only on patent trolls, but also, arguably more importantly, on the patent system as a whole. Finally, this note concludes with a set of recommendations meant to combat the most insidious patent trolling tactics, while protecting the integrity of the patent system and the value of individual patent rights.