Washington Update – There’s chatter in Washington right now about trolls. Trolls don’t just live under bridges, but they don suits and harass businesses -which actually create products which make our lives easier- for financial gain. Patent trolls seek to win settlements from big name companies like Apple and Microsoft as well as small, local businesses.
Not everyone can afford to fight back in court or settle and that stifles innovation. Without deep pockets, such trolling can lead to disaster for an entrepreneur.
This week key players in Washington took on patent trolling … all leading to the conclusion that we need reform.
Join me today at 2:00 PM ET for a rundown of patent trolls, efforts to reform them, and implications for job creators.
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Patrice Lee Onwuka is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Independent Women’s Forum and a contributor to Bold Global Media.
Patrice has worked in policy, media, and consulting roles on youth and women’s issues. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, CNBC, Bloomberg, the Washington Times, the New York Post, the Christian Science Monitor, and other outlets. She is a regular guest on Fox News, Fox Business News, MSNBC, and PBS programs.
Patrice holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Tufts University and a master’s degree in economics and international relations from Boston College. Follow her @PatricePinkFile