Gigaom readers are likely familiar with America’s troubled patent system and with Intellectual Ventures, the company that has done more than any other to exploit that troubled system. IV does most of its mischief while hiding behind its 2000 or so shell companies but, this week, the troll king will be suing in its own name. As Reuters reports, IV and Google’s Motorola Mobility are set to begin a trial in Delaware federal court this week involving patents that IV purchased long ago from some now forgotten company. The case will have little effect on Motorola Mobility’s day-to-day business, but it could provide momentum to one side or the other as Congress debates the Innovation Act, a law intended to curb patent trolling.

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