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Patent Data Missing In Troll Debate
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WKash
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3/12/2014 | 2:32:51 PM
White House Report on Patent Trolls
The White House President's Council of Economic Advisers recently released a report that, while no doubt self serving, nevertheless pulls together some useful and telling information about the impact of patent trolls. It's worth reading before concluding that maybe there isn't a problem. There is.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/patent_report.pdf

 
Charlie Babcock
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3/12/2014 | 5:38:34 PM
Patent trolls harmless?
I would question whether the patent trolls are harmless, or is there just too little data for the harm they're doing to show up.
rick merritt
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3/13/2014 | 6:59:11 AM
Re: White House Report on Patent Trolls
@WKash: Yes thanks for mentioning the interesting White House report.

I wrote a story on those findings last year. See http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1319116

An interesting thing to note in the report is that the key stats the White House quotes were collected by RPX Corp., a startup selling patent licensing services to big companies fighting suits from "trolls." So essentially the White House is siding here with the Silicon Valley giants such as Intel, HP and etc. using their data.
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WKash,
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3/13/2014 | 12:13:35 PM
Re: White House Report on Patent Trolls
Rick, Thanks for drawing the connection between the White House report and RPX figures. I don't believe that was made clear in the report.


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