Unfortunately, Lodsys is hardly the only so-called troll ramping up its efforts, says Julie Samuels, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "These lawsuits against app developers are just part of a dangerous recent trend of patent trolls going after users. For example, a shadowy collection of shell companies [known as Project Paperless] has been blanketing the nation with letters demanding that companies pay them $1,000 per employee for the privilege of using standard office technology like [email-capable scanners]. And another patent troll [named Personal Audio] is targeting the podcasting community," Samuels wrote last week.
Thursday, April 11, 2013