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What You Can Learn from Non-Practicing Entities and Patent Trolls

Patent monetization has received a lot of attention in the last few years with many IP inventors wanting to leverage underutilized patent assets to generate additional revenue. But inventors are not the only people wanting to monetize patents, Non-Practicing Entities (NPEs), often referred to in the media as patent trolls, acquire patents from bankrupt companies at auction or select underutilized patents to own and license to others. You might think there is nothing you can learn from these predatory practices, yet there is value for inventors in understanding the approach and business model.

 

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