That is a question that many people are asking since the number of lawsuits filed alleging infringement of a patent rose approximately 13 percent in 2015, and that percentage could increase this year. Sources indicate that a significant amount (approximately two-thirds) of patent law litigation is the result of patent trolls. Some are attempting to find a way to reduce the number of these frivolous lawsuits that could potentially interfere with legitimate case filings from inventors across the country and here in Texas.
Companies sometimes come up against a patent troll, which is a company or individual that files multiple lawsuits alleging that other companies or individuals are infringing upon its patents. Patent trolls do not often actually manufacture and/or provide the services covered by the patents they hold. They use patent law to their advantage, which can make it more difficult for Texas patent holders who have legitimate claims for infringement.