Mark Hedge

Owner, Lochsa Engineering, an engineering firm in Nevada

The demand letter basically said, “Pay us $1,000 per person for license rights or we will take you to court and get upwards of $3,000 per person.”

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Peter Braxton

CEO & Founder of Jump Rope, Inc., an app startup in Illinois

Soon after my startup launched publicly, my company was sued by patent trolls. The resulting court battle cost more than $100,000 out of my pocket.

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Kate Endress Doerksen

CEO & Co-founder of DITTO, a startup in California

Innovators like us are faced with a lose-lose decision; even if the troll that sued us lost, with legal costs we’d still be on the hook for millions of dollars.

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Using Courts In The Fight Against Patent Trolls

David Rose, founder of Gust

The more often Section 101 and Alice are referenced in legal rulings, the more relevant and strong they will become.

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Kevin O'Connor

CEO of Graphiq (formerly FindTheBest.com), a research engine in California

When I started my company, I knew in the back of my mind that it wasn’t a matter of if we’d get sued by a patent troll, but a matter of when.

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Congress: Protect Businesses Like Ours from Abusive Patent Trolls

Austin Meyer, Michael Skelps and Eric Rosebrock

No industry is immune from the reach of patent trolls, and hotels, real estate offices, coffee shops, tech startups, employment agencies, and many more have found themselves on the receiving end of a demand letter from a patent troll.

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Michael Churchman

Founder of Rocky Mountain Radar, an automotive electronics company

This litigation wasted about $20,000, which is the salary for almost one full employee on our assembly line.

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JB Goodwin

Realtor in Austin, TX

They were never interested in defending the patent. Instead, they were interested in suing us in the hopes that we would settle.

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Austin Meyer

Creator and Founder of X-Plane, a flight simulator program based in South Carolina

When I got my lawsuit, and I found out it would cost $3 million to defend myself, obviously that put me in a bit of a panic. My business grosses about $3 million a year, so I would have to spend an entire year’s income to defend myself from this suit.

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Michael Skelps

Owner, Capstone Photography, a sports photography business in Connecticut

Our business ground to a virtual halt as we focused our time and energy on defending against these outrageous allegations.

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Congress Must Stand with Innovators Against Patent Trolls

Katie Johnson, General Counsel for the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

Abusive patent litigation remains a serious threat for real estate professionals and other Main Street businesses of all sizes across the country.

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Mark Griffin

General Counsel and Senior VP for Overstock.com, an online retailer headquartered in Utah

Since 2004, we have engaged with patent troll actions about 32 times and spent about $11 million in defense.

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Michael Sadler

Assistant VP of Public Policy at CenturyLink, a telecommunications company based in Iowa

Litigation has been increasing the costs for businesses both large and small.

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PTO, Courts and Congress Must Solve the Patent Troll Problem

Katie Johnson, General Counsel for the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

Patent trolls use overly broad patents – for example, regarding the provision of Wi-Fi access – to threaten litigation and extort payments from real estate businesses across the country.

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Jeff Russell

President and CEO of Delta Dental of Iowa, an insurance company based in Iowa

You can be running business processes for years, and then one day you get a letter that somebody owns a patent and you’re left trying to figure out what to do about that.

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David Buschorn

Founder and CEO of USA Trail Cams, a camera manufacturing company in North Carolina

For us to be able to litigate against and protect ourselves from patent trolls, we would have to set aside $1.8 million to $5 million.

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Todd Moore

Founder & CEO of TMSoft, a software company in Virginia

I am the founder and CEO of TMSoft, but I never thought the biggest challenge in running my own business would come from patent trolls.

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Dan Gannon

Lease Program Manager at Data Sales Co., a technology leasing company in Minnesota

I have seen firsthand the damage that patent trolls have inflicted on businesses, and the economic impact they have had on our state and on small businesses across the country.

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Chris Currie

CEO of Aerialink, a mobile messaging company in Iowa

After my company was sued by a patent troll, we were forced to put hiring on hold for six to seven months.

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Diane Hamilton

Founder of Binary Formations, a software company in Virginia

We have seen many small businesses in our industry become the target of patent trolls and know it is not a matter of if we get targeted, but when.

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Jon Kinzenbaw

President & CEO of Kinze Manufacturing, a manufacturer in Iowa

My small welding shop grew to become one of the largest agricultural equipment companies in America and employ nearly 1,000 people, but we were sued by a patent troll that owned a broadly-named patent.

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Sidney VanNess

CEO of On Call Central, a medical messaging service in Kentucky

Patent trolls have directly impacted our business in terms of both investment and staffing.

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Peter Cahill

Founder and CEO of LifeLine Response, a mobile public safety service in Illinois

I started my business to save lives and give families peace of mind, but my ability to deliver life-saving technology to consumers was threatened by a notorious patent troll.

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Roberta Hurley

Owner of Southeastern Employment Services, a staffing agency in Connecticut

My business finds jobs for people with disabilities, but a patent troll threatened to close our doors for using the scan-to-email function on our copier.

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Chris Zenthoefer

Founder & CEO of ICEdot based in Oklahoma, emergency communication company in Oklahoma

I started my small business to help people in potentially life-threatening situations, but a patent troll threatened to sue my company and more than 40 others.

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