It’s been tough going for patent owners in the US over recent years, with legislation, the courts and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board at the USPTO increasing uncertainty over validity and enforcement; this has reduced the incentives alleged infringers have to make deals, while also pushing down patent values. Now, though, things may be about to change. In this exclusive article for the IAM blog, Russell Binns, the CEO, of defensive patent aggregator AST explains why he believes that 2016 will be the year the pendulum starts to swing back – and how operating companies should react.

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