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Patent trolling, the process of threatening or engaging in abusive and often baseless patent litigation, has long been lamented in the legal and technology industries. You may have experienced it yourself, if your company has received demands for licensing payments for engaging in actions as common as sending emails or making photocopies. Reformers have increasingly called for limitations on these practices, finally leading to action from Congress.

However, that action doesn't go far enough, according to some advocates. As the Targeting Rogue and Opaque Letters Act (TROL Act) moves into markup before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, two leading patent reform groups have said they cannot support the bill.

Usually it's clients who suffer because they didn't read something all the way through. This time, though, it's the lawyers who didn't heed that most lawyerly of advice.

Thanks to its lawyers -- the good people at Sidley Austin, LLP -- AT&T has to pay a $40 million jury verdict that would have been appealable, if only they'd filed the notice of appeal on time.

Uber and Lyft continue to "disrupt" their way right into court, where drivers for each company allege in separate lawsuits that they're employees, not independent contractors.

The companies, of course, claim that their drivers -- excuse me, "partners" if you're Uber -- are independent contractors, meaning Uber and Lyft don't have to pay the "employer" part of the payroll tax or otherwise abide by wage and hour laws that apply to employees but not contractors.

Apparently unfamiliar with The Streisand Effect, the International Franchise Association, along with four owners of various franchises, are suing the City of Seattle to enjoin enforcement of the city's new minimum wage ordinance. The ordinance would take effect April 1 and would raise the city's minimum wage from $9 to $15 an hour.

Despite what The Huffington Post is insinuating, McDonald's isn't suing the city, nor is any McDonald's franchisee. On the other hand, a ruling in favor of the plaintiffs would definitely benefit those franchisees. The real issue, though, is whether the ordinance unfairly discriminates against certain kinds of employers.

The trial placing one of Silicon Valley's most prestigious venture capital firms in the spotlight has also placed sexual harassment in the spotlight. Last week, we learned that famed venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins didn't even have a non-discrimination policy.

That, in itself, isn't proof of wrongdoing, but it does suggest that Kleiner Perkins may have been taking a casual attitude toward sexual harassment and sex discrimination. Like "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," let Kleiner Perkins' situation be a warning so you don't find yourself in the same situation.

It's sort of an open secret in Silicon Valley that the tech industry is a man's world. Data bear this out: Only 11 percent of executive positions are filled by women, reports Business Insider, compared with 16 percent in the S&P 100.

It gets worse when it comes to tech-specific jobs, where over 80 percent of Google's international tech jobs are staffed by men (non-tech jobs, on the other hand, are staffed by 52 percent staffed by men). With this huge gender disparity comes allegations of sexual harassment, as one venture capital firm is finding out.

With all the poaching Apple is accused of doing these days, you'd think it's on an African safari.

It seems like only last month (which it was) that Apple, along with three other Silicon Valley companies, settled a class action lawsuit brought by tech company employees who claimed companies colluded in anti-poaching agreements, which lowered their wages.

Now Apple's getting into trouble for allegedly poaching employees from a car battery manufacturer. These guys just can't win.

Remember all that money Lance Armstrong won as a Tour de France champion? Yeah, he's losing it all. Of course you'll remember that he admitted all of his wins happened thanks to performance-enhancing drugs, resulting in his titles being stripped.

Earlier this week, Armstrong found himself on the short end of an order to pay $10 million to SCA Promotions, in a sharp reversal of an arbitration agreement that everyone thought was finalized 10 years ago.

You can reverse arbitration awards? Who knew!

It's Round 2 as #LeftSharkGate continues unabated, and appears no signs of stopping.

As you may recall, Katy Perry's lawyers threatened to sue Fernando Sosa for creating figurines of the less-than-graceful "Left Shark" that danced along with Perry during the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show.

Sosa got himself a lawyer: Prof. Christopher Jon Sprigman of NYU School of Law, a specialist in IP. A few days later, Perry's lawyers responded, and they're having none of it.

William Shatner will have to start negotiating some lower prices on lawyers. Inside Counsel reports that IBM has filed a lawsuit against Priceline, OpenTable, and Kayak for infringing on four of IBM's patents. (Priceline recently acquired both OpenTable and Kayak.)

Believe it nor not, two of the patents at issue go back to something completely unrelated: the pre-Internet online service Prodigy, which started in the late 80s and died quietly in 1999.