Last weekend’s announcement of criminal extortion charges for a married couple engaged in patent troll activity against pre-IPO companies in China has caused quite a bit of discussion in the IP world. According to prosecutors in Shanghai, the two individuals had engaged in clearly fraudulent acts including fabricating a backdated licence agreement and using it as the basis for a lawsuit. On the other hand, the way investigators described the case suggested that it was also the overall pattern of opportunistic patent assertions that landed the couple in trouble.

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