Bill Targets 'Patent Trolls'

WASHINGTON – Irvine-based Vizio, one of the nation's largest vendors of flat-panel TVs, will be watching with great interest Tuesday’s House Judiciary committee hearing on a bill that would curb the power of firms that buy up patents, then sue or threaten to sue companies making products tied to the patent.

Vizio knows something about being a patent target; it recently won its 10th case against patent assertion entities, which critics refer to as “patent trolls.”

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