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Congress addresses patent trolls

Intellectual property disputes are one of the most fought cases in Texas corporate and business law sectors. Many companies in the state have unique products that may have received patents. In some cases, other competitors may violate the patent rights of the former company in order to make a profit.

Intellectual property disputes plague many big corporations in Texas. The rampant litigations due to patent infringement call for attention from the authorities. Congress has now started discussing the matter at length due to the plethora of business litigation cases that have drained the resources in the State in the last couple of years.

Dallas, Texas has become an extremely popular place to set up businesses, not for its abundant natural resources or human resources, but rather their closeness to the courts. Since many of the patent disputes are filed around the area, many companies find it convenient to set up their headquarters to file cases relating to patent infringements. Around 1,386 patent disputes were filed in East Texas last year.

There are allegations of patent infringements on all corners. Often, small businesses and individuals sue big companies. Many battles are fought between the bigwigs themselves in court. Many patent lawyers and companies welcomed the enactment of the new Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. The new act often led to transfers of cases rather than actually solving the lawsuits.

Patent disputes are also plagued with the complex legal problem relating to the Markman Hearing, wherein the court has the discretion to decide various terms of the lawsuit based solely on semantics in the patent. With the advent of such complex and unique problems faced in each patent dispute, many find it beneficial to get professional legal help to cope with such lengthy litigations.

Source: HoustonChronicle.com, "Congress arrives too late in debate on patent tro4lls", Chris Tomlinson, Dec. 31, 2014

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