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HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ Tackled an Issue That’s All Too Familiar to Startups: The Threat of Frivolous Patent Litigation

As Seen in Recode

The latest episode of HBO’s “Silicon Valley” took on an issue that is all too familiar to startups across the country — the threat of frivolous patent litigation.

In the show, the startup, Pied Piper, breaks into the Top 500 on the App Store, and almost immediately, the company receives a demand letter stating that it is violating an existing patent. Pied Piper soon discovers that it is being sued not by another well-intentioned startup, but an unscrupulous attorney, or a patent troll.

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