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Patent Trolls and Their Lobbyists Continue to Attack Academics Who Warn About Patent Trolls in Europe

Posted in Europe, Patents at 2:38 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Now they’re ganging up against professors ‘courageous’ enough to talk facts


Summary: In an effort to silence those who sound the alarm about patent trolls in Europe, the trolls and their lobbyists now try to embarrass anyone who merely talks about the problem

A RECENT scholarly study explained how the USPTO helped birth patent trolling in the US. There’s another new study in Europe right now and patent trolls are very much afraid that this new study can impact policy in Europe. Trolls’ legal representatives and paid media (like IAM) help the trolls discredit the study. They just cannot help themselves.

“Trolls’ legal representatives and paid media (like IAM) help the trolls discredit the study.”Professor James Bessen, who spent years of his academic career studying the effect of patent trolls in the US, wrote this simple, factual tweet: “Patent troll litigation rising in Europe” (linking to the study).

What happened next was pretty revealing.

Head of patent troll Dominion Harbor (David Pridham), who defames me and claims I fake my doctorate, responded just like Trump. “#fakenews” was all he said! How immature. Coming from a man who defames me also with talk about testicles and stuff like that. He’s not a man, he’s acting like a child. It’s incredible that someone this infantile was put in charge of anything, let alone a massive patent troll with connections to Microsoft (through Intellectual Ventures, as we last noted a few days ago).

J Nicholas GrossAnother gross individual, who habitually writes for Dominion/Pridham, came up with this attack on Professor Bessen (Mr. Gross attacks various academics with defamatory statements while denying that they are professors).

“I do hear from people who get (patent) trolled in Europe.”What a nice bunch, eh? “You’re more likely to get a random trolled Tweet from James Bessen than a lawsuit in Europe,” he wrote. Henrion responded, judging from his own experience: “So maybe iMatix was lucky then.”

I do hear from people who get (patent) trolled in Europe. It’s not a rare thing; it just doesn’t receive sufficient press coverage, certainly not from IAM, which also responded to Bessen with this lie: “The reality is that an SME’s chances of being sued by an NPE in Europe is around 0.000005%. Overall, NPEs account for less than 5% of patent lawsuits filed in Europe.”

“Now they attack professors who ‘dare’ mention the report/study.”This is not true, but IAM is just linking to their staff's attacks on the report. They’re reinforcing their status as spokespeople of patent trolls.

Just like in the US, many troll attacks (assertions) go undetected, but they’re still there. They cause agony and ‘protection’ money is silently being paid. Firms like Bristows just cannot help attacking the report even a month later. Now they attack professors who ‘dare’ mention the report/study. They’re like a pack of hyenas. Some of them issue veiled threats against me — tactics which Bessen said he’s familar with.

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