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"Trolls do a really good job of targeting start-ups at their most vulnerable moments," says Julie Samuels, a staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and holder of its Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents. That's not a joke: Cuban, the high-tech entrepreneur and owner of the NBA Dallas Mavericks, has been campaigning to outlaw software patents, the trolls' lifeblood.

"Dumb-ass patents are crushing small businesses," he told an interviewer earlier this year. Several of his own start-ups have been fired at, he said.

Sunday, October 13, 2013
Los Angeles Times

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