One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounmass nounderogatory, informal
The practice of obtaining and using patents for licensing or litigation purposes rather than in the production of one’s own goods or services.‘its real business model is patent trolling’
- ‘A recent major study out of Boston University estimated the cost of patent trolling on the US economy at $29 billion in 2011 alone.’
- ‘More than 60 leaders have signed a letter asking the House Judiciary Committee to investigate patent trolling.’
- ‘The fight against patent trolling is a hard and seemingly never-ending one.’
- ‘While the law would not stop all patent trolling cases it would certainly make law firms that engage in them think twice before targeting someone with litigation.’
- ‘These patent trolling companies should be punished.’
- ‘The overall issue of patent trolling has caught the attention of the White House.’
- ‘While patent trolling is not new, however, the explosion of technology in our lives has dramatically expanded the scope for trolling.’
- ‘He wouldn't sign any contracts that might encourage patent trolling.’
- ‘We still need broader reform to deal with low-quality patents and widespread patent trolling.’
- ‘They hope the agreement will reduce the nuisance of patent trolling.’
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