Patently Absurd

TitlePatently Absurd
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsConnolly, P, Althaus, RA, Brinkman, A, Jones, C, Skipper, RB
Corporate AuthorsAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics,
Pagination2 p.
Date Published01/2014
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
Keywordsbusiness , computer , COMPUTER science , ENGINEERING , Intellectual , Intellectual Property and Patents , Law , SCIENCE
AbstractAcacia Research Group Inc. represents small companies and independent inventors that don't have the necessary resources to enforce their own patents. The company bundles the patents into portfolios of closely related items and licenses these entire portfolios for a single fee. Other patent holding companies purchase patent portfolios for themselves and aggressively pursue licensing agreements, sometimes aggressively going after small start-up companies that unwittingly use patented technologies in their products without proper licensing. This practice is called "patent trolling" and some call this practice a mafia-style shakedown.
Notes© Peggy Connolly, Ruth Ann Althaus, Anthony Brinkman, Robert Boyd Skipper 2013 Case from the 2014 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, Association for Practical and Professional Ethics
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