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Congress uses cartoon video to explain the problems with patent trolls and “legalized extortion”

on December 3, 2013


In 2011, Congress tried — and failed — to fix America’s broken patent system with the America Invents Act. Now, reform advocates like Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) are trying again with a bigger coalition of supporters, and some novel methods to educate the public about the problem.

This includes a clever YouTube video posted by the House Judiciary Committee, which Goodlatte chairs, that explains how patent trolls engage in “legalized extortion” and make everyday products more expensive for everyone:

The video astutely notes that patent trolls (like the one using a Holocaust foundation’s 1998 patent to sue the New York Times) have been a problem almost as long as the patent system, and how one ambitious troll almost stopped Henry Ford from making the Model-T. It concludes by asking for support for the bipartisan Innovation Act.

It’s a creative effort but, unfortunately, it may be too late. Microsoft(s msft)…

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