The topic of non-practicing entities (NPEs) or so-called “patent trolls” is one that has dominated intellectual property news over the past few years. There are some industry experts who believe that the sky is falling, that this problem represents a huge threat to business and innovation. There are others who believe that the problem has been blown out of proportion.
One industry expert, David Kappos, former head of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), feels that the IP community has blown the issue out of proportion, advising caution. But does data back up Kappos’ moderate view of the patent troll problem?