The Electronic Frontier Foundation recently released its “Trolling Effects” website. The purpose of the
website is to collect information, specifically cease and desist letters
[C&D letters] sent by “patent trolls,” and provide a “one-stop shop” for
resources concerning “patent trolls” and their impact on the patent
system. Unlike the somewhat similar
Chilling Effects Clearinghouse website, which collects C&D letters across
the IP disciplines, but particularly copyright C&D letters, “Trolling
Effects” is specifically aimed at “patent trolls.”
- Give those facing troll threats information about the specific threats (including who is really sending them), along with general information about patent law and the system that might help them navigate the legal process and better understand their options.
- Collect sorely needed data for journalists, academics, and policy makers, helping them better understand the scope of the patent troll problem and allowing them to make a better case for real reform.