Nobody likes them. Always hiding under bridges and eating sheep. If that weren't bad enough, they also like to acquire generic and incredibly broad patents and spam every business within earshot of infringement in an attempt to collect settlement monies. They typically have nothing to do with the patent they own and often don't make or sell anything. Other than the bridge/sheep thing, they pretty much just try to take advantage of small companies that don't have the bank to fight it out in court.
Check out our Patent Trolls tag if you want to see some of the shenanigans these sheep-eating shmucks have been up to.
Sponsored by Rep. Peter DeFazio and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the SHIELD (Saving High-Tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes) Act seeks to keep them darn patent trolls under their bridges where they belong by requiring them to pay all costs and attorney fees if they bring a patent lawsuit and lose. According to DeFazio, patent trolls lose 92% of the time so he hopes the act will "deter those trolls from filing flagrant lawsuits in the first place."
So, what do you think, GamePolitics readers? Is the SHIELD Act a good idea? Read the specifics of the Act right here, vote in the poll and fill the comments with your opinions. Heck, you can even send us email at SuperPACpodcast@gmail.com if you're so inclined. On next week's podcast, EZK and I will reveal the poll results and discuss your opinions.
-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen