NPEs Trolling The ITC

Law360, New York (March 22, 2012, 1:08 PM EDT) -- Though troll work is welcomed by plaintiffs attorneys, patent trolls have been the bane of corporate attorneys’ existence for more than a decade.[1] Trolls, also known as nonpracticing entities, build their company’s patent portfolio with the patents serving as the primary and, oftentimes, only asset. While rarely, if ever, manufacturing any invention disclosed by their patents, trolls set out to obtain patent-infringement judgments against companies that actually make products. Targets tend to be large, well-known corporations with deep pockets.

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