EDN: Patents: fixable, or the next weapons of financial destruction?
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 10 May 2009 13:44
Number of posts: 1
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Summary:
This would, in effect, create a mechanism by which speculators could bet on the future cash flow from patents. Because more aggressive litigation would be expected to increase the flow, it is likely that a patent derivatives market would significantly further increase the assertion of patents by NPEs, and hence further increase the risk of innovation for real technology companies. Further, if huge pools of cash appear looking for patents to buy, the demand could substantially distort the intellectual property market in at least two ways.
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