Retailers have been generally excited about the loser pays system the proposed SHIELD Act would create for trolls. But a recent iam blog discussing comments from Patent Freedom suggests the SHIELD Act may not have the impact many retailers expect. According to Patent Freedom:
75% of trolls are asserting only patents originally assigned to them (6%) or a mix (15%). So as many as 75% of trolls could avoid the reach of the SHIELD Act. That leaves a few or 1 of 4 trolls covered by the SHIELD Act.
That is a powerful statistic. If it is correct, the SHIELD Act will not have nearly the impact many expected. And Patent Freedom is a well-respected source of troll – related data that makes it its business to know trolls well.