Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Friday April 06, 2012

Why Tech Vendors Fund Patent 'Trolls'

While we are on the subject of patent trolls today, ever wonder why tech vendors fund patent trolls? Thanks to TheWeazmeister for the heads up.

Patent "trolls" -- more politely called mass patent aggregators, nonpracticing entities or, as the Federal Trade Commission defines them, patent assertion entities (PAEs) -- litigate more than they innovate. These companies derive the bulk of their income, if not all of it, from licensing the huge libraries of patents they hold and from the money they make by suing companies that use their patents without permission.