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Last November, the Obama administration began seriously considering how to rein in the attacks of so-called patent trolls. Vermont fired the first blow this past May, and more recently both the International Trade Commission (ITC) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) subsequently entered the battle. Will additional sunlight on this contentious issue turn the trolls to stone, as in Tolkien’s classic? Can executive actions and state legislation really stop trolls? And perhaps more importantly, can trolls’ actions be curtailed without adversely affecting the recourse that legitimate companies require to protect their IP? Only time will tell, but based on initial reviews, there is reason for concern.

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