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The 2019 Florida Statutes

Title XXXIII
REGULATION OF TRADE, COMMERCE, INVESTMENTS, AND SOLICITATIONS
Chapter 501
CONSUMER PROTECTION
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F.S. 501.993
501.993 Bad faith assertions of patent infringement.A person may not send a demand letter to a target which makes a bad faith assertion of patent infringement. A demand letter makes a bad faith assertion of patent infringement if it:
(1) Includes a claim that the target, or a person affiliated with the target, has infringed a patent and that the target is legally liable for such infringement; and
(2) Meets one or more of the following criteria:
(a) The demand letter falsely asserts that the sender has filed a lawsuit in connection with the claim.
(b) The demand letter asserts a claim that is objectively baseless due to any of the following:
1. The sender, or a person whom the sender represents, lacks a current right to license the patent to, or enforce the patent against, the target.
2. The patent is invalid or unenforceable pursuant to a final judgment or an administrative order.
3. The infringing activity alleged in the demand letter occurred after the expiration of the patent.
(c) The demand letter is likely to materially mislead a reasonable person because it does not contain sufficient information to inform the target of all of the following:
1. The identity of the person asserting the claim, including the name and address of such person.
2. The patent alleged to have been infringed, including the patent number of such patent.
3. At least one product, service, or technology of the target alleged to infringe the patent, or at least one activity of the target which is alleged to infringe the patent.
History.s. 9, ch. 2015-92; s. 3, ch. 2016-101.