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Patent Troll Targeting Users of Scanners; Wants $1000/Employee 227

New submitter earlzdotnet writes "A new patent troll is in town, this time targeting the users of technology, rather than the creators. They appear to hold a process patent for 'scanning a document and then emailing it.' They are targeting small businesses in a variety of locations and usually want somewhere between $900 to $1200 per employee for 'infringement' of their patent. As with most patent trolls, they go by a number of shell companies, but the original company name appears to be Project Paperless LLC. Joel Spolsky said in a tweet that 'This is organized crime, plain and simple...' I tend to agree with him. When will something be done about this legal mafia?"
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Patent Troll Targeting Users of Scanners; Wants $1000/Employee

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  • by FarField12 ( 2804063 ) on Wednesday January 02, 2013 @04:48PM (#42453901)

    (Right, Upper hand corner of this page for me.)
    "Wondering what your patents might be worth in the current market?"
    Wow! I can't resist selling my patents!
    Ahem! Well, back to /.
    'Those lousy trolls, I wish they would just go away.'

  • come get us bitches (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 02, 2013 @04:52PM (#42453939)

    Food Concepts Inc
    2551 Parmenter St
    Middleton, Wi

    I fucking double dare you.

  • by jandrese ( 485 ) <kensama@vt.edu> on Wednesday January 02, 2013 @05:06PM (#42454095) Homepage Journal

    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).

    So the best way to deal with trolls in the real world is the same as the online world: simply ignore them. If they want to sue you, then make them go through all the expense and trouble of making the case--most of the time they won't even bother. These are basically old timey protection rackets. They're trying to put the minimum amount of effort in to get the biggest return. They might try to make an example of a company or two, but it probably won't be you.

Trap full -- please empty.