Money for Nothing: How to Stop 'Patent Trolls' From Stifling Innovation

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When it comes to smothering good ideas, no group does it better than the so-called patent trolls, also known by more flattering euphemisms as “patent assertion entities,” “nonproduct entities,” and “nonpracticing entities.” Whatever you prefer calling them, these “entities” do little more than feed off the work of companies that actually make things.

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