"Patent trolls" -- companies that acquire dubious patent rights simply to force others to pay up or defend themselves in court -- and the fight against them was the subject of a Tuesday panel at the International Consumer Electronics Show, writes Katy Bachman. Critics say that the U.S. Patent Office couldn't keep up with new technology and offered patents that were far too broad. Patent-troll cases have risen from 22% of patent litigation in 2007 to 61% now, says Suzanne Michel, senior patent counsel at Google.
CES panel looks at how to take on the "patent trolls"
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