- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 30, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The House has voted to make it harder for companies with false patent claims - known as patent trolls - to demand that New Hampshire businesses pay licensing fees or be sued.

The House voted without debate Wednesday to send the bill to Gov. Maggie Hassan. The bill attempts to identify false claims so businesses don’t feel their only recourse is to pay up to avoid costly litigation, rather than test the validity of the patents in federal court.

The bill is in response to a growing trend of a product’s end-user being sent letters demanding license payments for using equipment like an ATM.

Vermont passed the nation’s first law last year to make it harder for patent trolls to operate. Now, other states and Congress are considering laws.

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