SXSW Interactive 2016

The Trouble With “Trolls:” Unpacking the Narrative

Who’s a patent troll and who’s a legitimate inventor? Depends on who you ask. Some say it's anyone who invents but doesn't manufacture. Legislation has been proposed that purports to target trolls but is this really a proxy fight between different business models dressed up as a public policy crisis? Hear from industry experts and make up your own mind.

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  1. Where did the patent troll story come from?
  2. Who is a “patent troll” and who is a legitimate inventor? Why is it so hard to define?
  3. How could certain changes to patent law hurt American inventors and the U.S. economy?



Christie Thoene, Consultant, Innovation Alliance

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