Academic research about the problem of patent trolls has finally started to flow, and the findings are just as grim as all our instincts suggested. In my article for InfoWorld Open Sources this week, I look at some of the evidence and summarise it to save you the reading.
All the same, the research paper from Lex Machina is worth reading in full. It puts solid numbers on what previously was dismissed as biased surmise, as well as coining an excellent term for the companies causing the problem – “patent monetization entities” – that will allow confrontation of the issues without the dismissal as rabble-rouser that comes from saying “patent troll”. All a fine preparation for the event at Santa Clara University on November 16 on Solutions To The Software Patent Problem.
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