GermanyOf patent trolls and patent smurfs

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The major US patent litigation cases of recent years, involving the payment of hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation, have become legendary and have popularised the term ‘patent troll’ to describe controversial patent licensing enforcement companies consisting of little more than a legal division. In fact, ‘patent troll’ may be the one expression from the otherwise obscure world of intellectual property that is familiar to the public.


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