Ditto's predicament has attracted the attention of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco nonprofit that is focused on digital-rights issues and is actively working to change federal legislation to curb patent abuse. EFF recently published a blog post on Ditto that said 1-800 Contacts is "abusing patents to squelch competition."

Ditto's situation "shows the real harm" of a suit "and puts a face to the story," says Julie Samuels, an EFF staff attorney who is also the Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents, a position at EFF funded by the billionaire entrepreneur.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Wall Street Journal

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