This American Life takes on patent trolls … again

Radio show revisits the ongoing patent problem in the U.S. and gets some answers

Two years ago, This American Life (TAL) did some investigative reporting on patent trolls—specifically, one known to be the biggest offender of the U.S. patent system: Intellectual Ventures. While the episode was highly educational and eye-opening, particularly for the general public, which gets little news on the problem, the reporters were unable to answer some of the bigger, specific questions about Intellectual Ventures, how it works and how much money it really makes from its trolling.

Well that was 2011 and this is 2103. The litigation in the specific patent mentioned in the original broadcast is over, and the TAL team, in a joint venture with Planet Money reporters Alex Blumberg and Laura Sydell, got some answers.


Cathleen Flahardy

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