November 3, 2014

“Buying Patents To Thwart ‘Trolls’ Is A Tricky Strategy,” Law360, November 3, 2014

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Law360, New York (November 03, 2014, 3:23 PM ET) — Groups offering to help combat abusive lawsuits by buying up patents before they can be acquired by so-called patent trolls offer a creative approach to the contentious issue, attorneys say, but the protection they offer their members is necessarily limited and can come at a high price.

The groups, known as as defensive patent aggregators, include RPX Corp., Unified Patents Inc. and Allied Security Trust, all of which have formed in the last several years and have somewhat different business models. The basic concept of each one is that companies join the group by paying membership fees, which the group uses to acquire patents they deem likely to be used in abusive suits.

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