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

See all articles by Dominique Christ

Dominique Christ

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Niccolò Galli

European University Institute; Maastricht University - Faculty of Law

Cornelia Peuser

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: 2019

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Christ, Dominique and Galli, Niccolò and Peuser, Cornelia, Patent Aggregation: More Than Patent Trolls (2019). les Nouvelles - Journal of the Licensing Executives Society, Volume LIV No. 4, December 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3470170

Dominique Christ

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Niccolò Galli (Contact Author)

European University Institute ( email )

Villa La Fonte, via delle Fontanelle 18
50016 San Domenico di Fiesole
Florence, Florence 50014
Italy

Maastricht University - Faculty of Law ( email )

Maastricht
Netherlands

Cornelia Peuser

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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