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Minn. orders alleged patent troll to stop

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota has settled with a Delaware company accused of “patent trolling” in Minnesota.

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson announced the settlement Tuesday.

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The Delaware company, MPHJ Technology Investments LLC, was accused of trying to wring money out of hundreds of Minnesota businesses on claims the firms were infringing on patent rights by using basic office equipment.

Under the settlement, MPHJ and a host of its subsidiaries agreed to stop their campaign and to not restart without approval from the state attorney general.

The firm also agreed to pay a $50,000 civil penalty.

An attorney for MPHJ tells the Star Tribune the agreement is "pretty limited" and says it doesn't allege any wrongdoing.