Summary of How I Beat a Patent Troll

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Fark fought a patent troll, and the troll lost.


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In this inspiring talk, entrepreneur Drew Curtis explains how he and his company, Fark, outsmarted a “patent troll.” His anecdote extracts lessons, offers tried-and-tested advice, and identifies problems with the legal system. getAbstract recommends this lecture to all CEOs – particularly small-business owners, who are most vulnerable to wily patent trolls’ sinister deeds – and to anyone interested in creating a fair legal system.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How “patent trolls” work,
  • How entrepreneur Drew Curtis outwitted one and
  • What you should do if you have to fight a patent troll.


In January 2011, Gooseberry Natural Resources sued Yahoo, AOL, Reddit, Fark, and other news sites for sending “news releases via email,” an activity Gooseberry had patented. That might sound absurd, but
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About the Speaker

Drew Curtis is founder and administrator of, a major news aggregator.

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    Patrick Brigger 4 years ago
    Way to go, thank you for being courageous! People who make money of other people simply by hurting them are totally despicable. 

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