Attorney General Jon Bruning minces no words in vowing to go after so-called patent trolls in the legislative session, singling out one Texas firm in particular.
Bruning has no love lost for Farney Daniels, the Texas law firm which claims some Nebraska businesses have violated patents held by its clients.
“They are scam artists and my intent is to run them out of Nebraska,” tells reporters during a news conference at his Capitol office.
Farney Daniels claims any fair investigation will conclude it has acted lawfully and honorably in upholding the rights of its clients.
Bryan Farney of Farney Daniels released a statement earlier to Nebraska Radio Network via email after Bruning’s office filed a cease and desist order against the firm, which stated in part, “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.”
Bruning paints a much different picture of the law firm’s actions.
“They are scam artists. They are scumbags. They are trouble,” Bruning states. “They have pursued innocent, small businesses.”
This is fairly new territory. Only Vermont has state law targeting patent trolls.
The legislation backed by the Attorney General is sponsored by Sen. Heath Mello of Omaha. It would make a bad faith assertion of patent infringement a specific violation of current consumer protection law, the Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act. It would define a bad faith assertion and would require anyone sending at least 25 patent assertion letters to Nebraskans without a one year period to notify the Attorney General’s office.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]