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Twitter Call for Action: Kick Patent Trolls to the Curb

Patent trolls are a threat to America's economy and have increasingly become a financial and legal burden on individual REALTORs, MLSs, and our state and local REALTOR associations. Patent trolls are companies that use patents as legal weapons rather than to produce products or create new innovations.  These trolls send threatening demand letters, seeking  payment from small businesses like REALTORs, for using common business technologies  like scanner-copiers; drop-down website menus; or even mapping features.

Fighting a troll in court can cost hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars. Increasingly, tech innovations are driving the delivery of real estate services. Our members know firsthand that patent trolls divert significant time and money from their businesses.  Without needed reforms that reinforce legitimate patent rights and curtail frivolous litigation schemes, REALTORs’ ability to grow, innovate and better serve modern consumers will be put at risk.

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