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Indie comedy film 'Trolls' takes on patent trolls via Indiegogo
Patent trolls beware: Filmmakers in Austin, TX are using crowdfunding to bring their new comedy film to life. 'TROLLS' will tell the story of one tech start-up that's ruined by a patent troll, but figures out a creative way to fight back!
"They were just this vague idea of a thing I had heard about once or twice, but that changed when they sued The Adam Carolla Show," Lybrand said in a social media post.
The conversation was brought to many of the most popular podcasts including WTF with Marc Maron and Chris Hardwick's Nerdist shows. The combined audience support led to Carolla coming out on top, but the patent troll that started it all is still free to go after other businesses.
Trolls tells the (fictional) story of a tech start-up in Austin, TX that invents an amazing new product -- the NeverCharge Battery. Their device uses a combination of magnets & wireless charging to instantly bring any cell phone battery to a full charge... forever. Naturally, their invention takes the world by storm & they shatter every crowdfunding record. Everything is great until they're served with a lawsuit by a patent troll. They lose everything when a shady judge in Marshall, TX uses an even shadier interpretation of an outdated intellectual property law to enforce a patent that the troll owns.
This sounds absurd, but it happens every day.
Trolls aims to bring this issue to an even wider audience, and Lybrand hopes his satirical profile of the industry will help move Congress in the right direction. "I can't do anything about it, legally... But maybe if I make fun of it then somebody who can do something about it will do something about it."
You can find out more & contribute to the Indiegogo campaign today at http://www.indiegogo.com/
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