All innovators face the reality that many, many things have been thought of already, and are patented is some markets. We have to work hard to ensure our ideas are not only useful, necessary, and cool, but also completely new and original. That's why it's so frustrating to see our efforts bogged down with frivolous patent lawsuits. The "trolls" are the often-shadowy legal entities who file these suits, sometimes hundreds of claims at a time, many without merit. Why? Because they can. There is little or no legal barrier or downside to their doing so in the USA, and the suits can cost millions to fight, while the trolls dangle settlements of tens of thousands to make them go away.
Gandi, as an innovator, and others in our industry, face a landscape of tough competition. Having to deal with these trolls just takes away time and energy from our efforts to make our services even more awesome than they already are. That's why we are actively supporting the i2Coalition we helped to found in its efforts against patent trolls.
We are pleased to have found a sympathetic ear in the US Congress, in Senator John Cornyn (R-TX). His bill, called the Patent Abuse Reduction Act of 2013, "would preserve the fundamentals of the patent system, while protecting the hundreds of thousands of businesses that are currently subject to victimization by a handful of people who are taking advantage of a broken patent system", says David Sneed, spokesperson for the i2Coalition. See David's full statement here.
Gandi is happy to be encouraging Senator Cornyn in this effort to curb the frivolous lawsuits these patent trolls use to exploit innovators and entrepreneurs. All part of keeping the Internet free and open for innovation!