State of Innovation

Patents and Innovation Economics

In Defense of Patent Trolls

The term patent trolls is usually applied to companies that enforce patents that they are not practicing.  These Non-Practicing Entities (NPEs) include companies specifically organized for this purpose such as Intellectual Ventures.  However, it also includes Universities and divisions of most large corporations such as IBM.  Many of these corporations complain about NPEs.  However, any consistent definition of a NPE (troll) would include these hypocrites. Continue reading

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September 18, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment