NPE Battleground — Good Intentions Vs. Good Results

Law360, New York (March 28, 2013, 11:35 AM EDT) -- Frivolous patent lawsuits filed by nonpracticing entities have long been a thorn in the side of American businesses large and small. But how best to combat the problem is the question. There are two approaches for dealing with NPEs — direct engagement and indirect engagement. Direct engagement includes litigation, licensing, defensive trusts (e.g. Allied Security Trust, RPX, etc.), declaratory judgments, and the like. Indirect engagement includes patent reform and legislation intended to limit, weaken or restrain the ability of NPEs to enforce the patents they hold....
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