Time For Patent Licensors To Take The Lead In Reform

Law360, New York (March 21, 2014, 11:56 AM EDT) -- Four months ago, amidst growing calls from some in business and Congress to rein in patent trolls, Conversant Intellectual Property Management Inc. issued a set of guidelines for responsible patent-licensing practices.[1]

Among the 10 guidelines we offered were four that specifically addressed the hot-button issues of transparency, fairness, patent quality and litigation abuse. On these issues, we pledged — and encouraged others in the industry — to do the following:

Disclose a patent’s true ownership.

Seek licenses only from appropriate companies, instead of going after, for...
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