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BTA Tackles Patent Trolls Issue, Releases Educational Pamphlet

22 Apr, 2013


Kansas City, MO - April 22, 2013— In light of recent emails and phone calls from socalled
"patent trolls" to office technology dealership customers, the Business Technology Association (BTA) has prepared an educational pamphlet and flyer for dealers to share with customers. The pamphlet provides details on the claims made by patrol trolls regarding the use of the scanning functionality of an MFP and the options end users can consider in response to any letter or communication received.

In the past few months, many dealers have received a phone call or email from one of their customers who is being advised by letter that his (or her) company is violating numerous patents by scanning a document, sending it over a network and emailing it to others. The letters are from law firms and others (Project Paperless, HeaPle LLC or any of a number of shell entities) claiming rights under what are commonly known as the "Laurence Klein" patents.

The letters allege the need for license fee payments. Sent by or on behalf of various licensing agents, the patent trolls seek fees based upon employee count. Fees demanded vary, but the average is $1,000. Patent trolls are entities that seek to enforce a patent, but neither make a product nor perform a service. Their sole purpose is to enforce a patent that, often, they did not originally file.

BTA’s end-user educational pamphlet and informational flyer can be distributed by dealers and shared with customers as invoice stuffers and otherwise. The pamphlet is similar in nature to the one prepared by BTA for distribution several years ago, when the industry was facing the issue of data security related to the use of an MFP's hard drive. BTA members can customize the pamphlet to include their dealership's company logo and contact information. Non-members can also download a generic pamphlet for their use.

To order or download your pamphlet and flyer, visit http://www.bta.org/PatentTrolls . 

Founded in 1926, the Business Technology Association serves office technology dealerships, resellers, manufacturers, distributors and service companies. Its core members — office technology dealerships — consult, sell and service hardware, software and supplies with the goal of helping businesses maximize their investment in devices and technology. Through the association's various educational programs, information, research, legal services, publications and guidance, BTA member dealerships are positioned to be the premier source of the office technology used by businesses throughout the United States every day. For more information on BTA, visit its Web site at http://www.bta.org or call (800) 505-2821. The fax number is (816) 941-4838. You may also write to: BTA, 12411 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO 64145.

For Immediate Release For More Information Contact:
April 22, 2013 Brent Hoskins
Executive Director
Business Technology Association
(816) 303-4040




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