Patent Aggregation: More Than Patent Trolls
les Nouvelles - Journal of the Licensing Executives Society, Volume LIV No. 4, December 2019
7 Pages Posted: 18 Dec 2019
Date Written: 2019
Patent trolls are just a small piece of the patent aggregation puzzle. A myriad of electronics companies, with and without production capabilities, pursues patent aggregation by building patent portfolios and monetizing them beyond manufacturing. So far, it is unclear whether such patent aggregation activities have adverse effects on innovation. This article replaces the myopic discussion about patent trolls with a wider picture — that of patent aggregation. It analyses the rationales and evolution of this phenomenon, orders the domain of patent aggregators, and presents the effects patent aggregation activities can have on technological development. Only the interplay of patent and competition laws is considered apt to reconcile patent aggregation with innovation.
Keywords: Patent Aggregation, Patent Trolls, Electronic Companiew, Innovaion
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