February 6, 2014 | By Adi Kamdar

Patent Attorneys: We Need Your Help

Despite all the gains we've made in Washington toward patent reform, the legal threat posed by patent trolls isn't going away. Trolls are still on the prowl, perhaps more so than ever before.

The patent troll model relies on small businesses and individuals not being able to afford going through a multi-million dollar lawsuit—nor, in many cases, being able to afford legal representation at all.

Because we've been a loud voice in the patent troll fight, we constantly get requests for help from those who have received their first demand letter or troll lawsuit. A handful of these come from the various demand letters that are submitted to Trolling Effects. We want to help, but as an organization we can only take certain cases

The number of pleas for help are increasing, but we lack the resources to take on these cases ourselves. If you're a patent attorney itching to get into a patent troll fight or even take on a patent case pro bono, we need your help. So far, hundreds of attorneys have offered their services via our Cooperating Attorneys mailing list, yet only a few of them are patent lawyers.

To help out as one of our Cooperating Attorneys, please send an email to info@eff.org with "Patent Attorney" in the subject line.

The patent troll battle is multidimensional. While reform is going forward on top with good policy in the works, we also need to keep fighting to defend innovation in the courts.

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