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Judge Bans Term 'Patent Troll'

The blog Patent Troll Tracker reports that U.S. District Judge David J. Folsom, who sits in Texarkana, Texas, has entered an order barring the defendant in an upcoming trial from referring to the plaintiff as a patent troll. The term, ruled the judge, "has no probative value and would unduly prejudice the plaintiff."

The order makes sense, says the blog's anonymous author. "Juries don't like it when an attorney bashes the other side," he writes. "Much better in that case to just present the facts and let the presentation of those facts paint the picture." But should the jurors search the Web for the plaintiff's name, they may find themselves back at the Patent Troll Tracker blog, which has previously referred to him as a patent troll.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on October 18, 2007 at 03:37 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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