Yesterday this blog discussed a paper produced by Tom Ewing and Robin Feldman for the Stanford Technology Law Review entitled "The Giants Among Us". It is, we stated, a serious piece of work looking at the alleged effect that a certain kind of NPE - the so-called mass patent aggregator - is having on the US patent marketplace. The paper is a temprate and important contribution to the debate about NPEs in the US. While people might not agree with the paper's conclusions, they invite a sober response and may open up a debate that has become pretty sterile - with anti-patent rhetoric often replacing informed discussion on one side and accusations of theft from inventors coming from the other direction.

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