The attorneys general of 42 states have signed a letter supporting efforts in Congress to enact comprehensive patent reform legislation. The letter emphasizes the need for increased transparency, curbing demand letter abuse, litigation reform that would undermine the patent troll business model, and clarification of federal supremacy when it comes to what the states can do. Read the letter in full here.

It’s worth emphasizing the importance of clarifying the law when it comes to how states can crack down on demand letter abuse through consumer protection powers. I moderated an R Street organized panel at ALEC’s last winter meeting on what states can do about patent trolls, following the Vermont model. Listen to the full panel, or read more about it here.

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