TechCrunch: Is RPX’s “Defensive Patent Aggregation” Simply Patent Extortion By Another Name?
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 25 Nov 2008 16:59
Number of posts: 1
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Summary:
Patent litigation is getting so bad that a new startup, RPX Corp. (aka, Rational Patent) is gearing up to help companies defend themselves specifically against patent trolls (organizations that buy up patent portfolios with the express intention of forcing other companies to license those patents or face a lawsuit). RPX markets itself as a “defensive patent aggregator.” It buys up its own patents, or strikes licensing deals on behalf of its members, and charges companies $35,000 to $4.9 million a year for perpetual licenses to those patents.
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