Category Patent Trolls

The NPE (“Patent Trolls”) Minefield

Non-Practicing Entities (NPEs) and Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs), also referred to as “patent trolls”, are causing heated discussions in the intellectual property space. They are commonly described as entities whose core business model is using IP to collect licensing fees instead…

Mad Men Thrive in Mid-Town Manhattan

Once the iconic Main Street of the advertising industry, Madison Avenue has quietly evolved into a center for Manhattan’s emerging intellectual property businesses. Don Draper, flamboyant Mad Men creative director, however, needn’t worry about the new neighbors cramping his style. They’re too…

Patent Thickets, right or wrong?

Patents are instituted to provide an incentive to innovate, which is important considering that innovation is a key driver for economic prosperity. Yet, what happens if the company that holds the patent right does not want to produce anything, but…

NPEs receive triple patent damages, PWC study shows

Damages awards for NPEs (non-practicing patent owning entities) are on average triple those of practicing entities, according to the 2010 Patent Litigation Study from PwC, recently made available. For some reason the report does not acknowledge that the higher quality and…

FRANDly Fire

The patent battle between Nokia  and German IP asset management firm IPCom illustrates well the lack of practical understanding as to what fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (or FRAND) licensing terms practically means in Europe. IPEG blogged about this earlier. The…

Are NPE’s the New Patent Plutonomies?

Recently we blogged about Patent Plutonomies. The expression was coined following Ajay Kapur, (former) global strategist at Citigroup, who described countries which are defined by massive income and wealth inequality as “Plutonomies”. Translated into IPR, especially to the patent system,…

How Sun Tzu Would Outflank Patent Trolls

The debate about patent trolls or NPEs is not slowing down and more voices are heard every time about how patent trolls can or should be addressed. David Wanetick of IncreMental Advantage has very specific advice to companies dealing with…