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Patent trolls want $1,000—for using scanners | Ars Technica

Patent trolls want 1 000 for using scanners Ars Technica


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New low in trolling — shaking down end-users, and not even having the b*lls to file real lawsuits and defend their position in court.

As with most trolls, the best strategy is to ignore:

Her study of startups targeted by patent trolls found that when confronted with a patent demand, 22 percent ignored it entirely. Compare that with the 35 percent that decided to fight back and 18 percent that folded. Ignoring the demand was the cheapest option ($3,000 on average) versus fighting in court, which was the most expensive ($870,000 on average).

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