In the software community, small businesses and innovative startups are far too familiar with patent trolls and their unscrupulous business model. Patent trolls are entities that don’t innovate, create, or otherwise contribute to our country’s growth. Instead they wield overly broad, never-should-have-been-issued patents to threaten litigation and extort settlement payments. When targeted by a patent troll, small businesses often find themselves behind an eight ball, wondering what, if anything, can be done to prevent further abuses. Fortunately, five victims of 911 Notify, a notorious patent troll, are speaking out to share their stories and urge Congress to swiftly enact comprehensive patent reform legislation.
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