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The Role Of Assertive Patent Licensing

Law360, New York (August 9, 2017, 4:11 PM EDT) -- Assertive licensing is an attempt to grant rights to an unlicensed party that currently uses the licensor’s patented technology. It is less an option and more the last choice in a continuum of licensing tools.

There is nothing sinister about it. Asking something in return for benefiting from unfettered use of one’s inventions does not condemn a licensor to forever wear a scarlet “T” (troll) on its chest.

Contrast “technology transfer” or “technology licensing” with assertive licensing. These two models are offers for potential collaboration —...
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