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Patent reform: it's all about the trolls, no 'Bass'

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While lawmakers on Capitol Hill have concentrated the latest attempts at patent reform on so-called patent trolls – entities that acquire patents for the sole purpose of forcing companies to pay licensing fees or settling infringement suits through threats of aggressive litigation – the biopharmaceutical industry has been pleading for a fix to a problem that sprung up as an unintended consequence from the last time Congress tried to repair the US patent system.

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