May 13, 2019

Growing support for innovation protections in Massachusetts

According to a new report from research group and accelerator Startup Genome, Boston is the fifth best city in the world for technology startups. However, some fear that patent trolls are taking a toll on Boston’s innovation economy. Patent trolls, officially called patent assertion entities, make patent infringement claims against startups and small businesses, resulting in costly licensing fees or even going to court.

Representatives are once again working to pass a bill that would increase protections for startups and businesses, and crack down on patent trolls. If the bill is passed, Massachusetts would be joining more than 30 states that have laws protecting businesses from patent trolls.

If you are seeking immediate legal advice or representation regarding patents or other IP-related issues, the Boston Bar Association has attorneys who can help. The Boston Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service can connect you with attorneys who can assist with the following:

  • Copyrights
  • Licensing
  • Patent prosecution
  • IP litigation
  • Trademark prosecution

To connect with an LRS attorney, you can call 617-742-0625, connect with an area online 24/7 by clicking “Get Started” here, or by submitting an email request online online.