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Coalition Seeks Patent Litigation ReformTechnology vendors, including Cisco Systems, Intel and Hewlett-Packard have formed a coalition to push for reforms in patent litigation, CNET reported.A formal announcement will be made in the coming weeks and more companies from diverse market sectors are expected to join the group by then. Called the Coalition for Patent Fairness, the group is particularly concerned with”patent trolls,” companies that set out to file patent infringement lawsuits solely to force settlement offers. “We are concerned about what we see as the growing imbalance in the application of patent law heavily in favor of plaintiff-as-patent-holder at the expense of patent holders more focused on developing, producing and marketing,” coalition president Doug Comer, Intel’s director of legal affairs and technology policy, told CNET.

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