Senator Patrick Leahy: Patent Law Abuse Protections

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Senator Patrick Leahy discusses his bipartisan legislation to crack down on so-called “patent trolls.” Leahy’s bill would protect businesses from well-financed shell corporations abusing the patent system by threatening lawsuits – often with the intent of extracting hefty concession payments -- against small businesses in Vermont and across the country for such everyday occurrences as offering wi-fi to their customers or using document scanners in their offices. Jerry Tarrant, the chief operating officer of MyWebGrocer, discusses his business’s experiences with patent trolls, and Leahy’s effort to make reforms necessary to foster innovation and job creation.

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