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In an unbelievable act of chutzpah, an infamous patent troll that demands money from small businesses for using scanners, is suing the Federal Trade Commission for trying to stop its activities. The troll, which is controlled by a group of lawyers who bought old patents for $1, is whinging that the FTC is violating its free speech rights. Which rights are those? According to the troll, it has a Constitutional right to threaten small businesses with patent lawsuits — which are hugely expensive to defend —  unless they pay $1000 to license a scanner. Ars Technica has full details on the antics of the troll, which has already been driven out of several states. And if there’s anyone out there who still thinks that patent trolling encourages innovation, I’ve got a scanner you can license.

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