Attorney General Jon Bruning has launched an investigation into whether a Texas law firm has violated Nebraska law.
The Attorney General’s office says Farney Daniels LLP of Texas has sent multiple letters to Nebraska businesses, threatening lawsuits over patent infringements. The office says the law firm sent the letters on behalf of “patent trolls”, companies that buy groups of patents solely to threaten infringement of the patents they buy.
“‘Patent trolls’ make egregious threats with little or no valid legal purpose to gain fast money,” said Bruning in a written statement released by his office. “It is a top priority of our office to protect Nebraska consumers and businesses from this sort of baseless harassment.”
Bruning has issued a Cease and Desist Order and Civil Investigative Demand to the law firm.
Bryan Farney of Farney Daniels released this statement in wake of the Attorney General’s action:
Farney Daniels is a firm of experienced patent lawyers who represent a wide range of plaintiffs and defendants across the nation in intellectual property cases, from Fortune 500 companies to individual inventors.
We firmly believe that a strong patent system is vital to the U.S. economy, and are proud of our service to that system and to our clients.
While the Nebraska Attorney General may have concerns about the U.S. patent system and how it works, or with particular types of patent owners, we are confident that any fair investigation will conclude our firm has lawfully and honorably represented our clients in upholding their rights.