NC Attorney General Warns Consumers To Be Wary of Patent Trolls
these individuals may try to charge exorbitant fees for everyday equipment
The North Carolina Attorney General's Office is warning consumers and businesses to beware of patent trolls trying to charge high fees for using everyday office equipment.
what is a patent troll?
Patent trolls are businesses that don't invent or manufacture anything. Instead, they acquire patents and then try to make consumers, small businesses and nonprofits pay questionable fees for using things like printers, scanners and wireless routers.
Patent trolls will often succeed at collecting these fees because most victims want to avoid expensive, time-consuming and complex lawsuits.
are they operating in north carolina?
The North Carolina Attorney General's Office has received three recent complaints from small business owners regarding patent trolls. An investigation into these complaints is now underway.
The North Carolina Attorney General's Office has also asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to share the information it gathers about patent trolls to help better protect consumers and businesses from them.
what can i do?
If you think you've been targeted by a patent troll, contact the North Carolina Attorney General's Office.