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The America Invents Act of 2012 (AIA) that reformed U.S. patent law also directed the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to compile a report on factors affecting patent litigation. Specifically, the GAO was to examine what some felt were problems created by the growth in software patent infringement suits brought by non-practicing entities, otherwise known as “patent trolls.” These matters are often seen as nuisance suits, brought against companies and others in an attempt to force a settlement and licensing agreement so as to avoid costly litigation.

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