Course Details

Patent Trolls: Business Risks and Opportunities

Non-Practicing Entities (NPEs), also referred to by some as "patent trolls," are increasingly making headlines as they expand their activities to new industries and engage with more companies. President Obama has likened patent trolls to "leeches who extort money from their victims" and has urged Congress to pursue legislative measures to curb perceived abuses of the patent system by NPEs. Faced with an increasing number of threats from NPEs, potentially prolonged and expensive patent infringement litigation, and unpredictable odds of success in the courtroom, companies need to develop effective strategies for addressing NPE demands. This course will explore the risks posed to businesses by NPEs, how to evaluate NPEs and tailor defense approaches, and the benefits of establishing a corporate policy for engaging with NPEs. Along with the well-documented risks posed by NPEs, the proliferation of NPEs is also evidence of a robust secondary market for patents. This course will also assess the potential opportunities for operating companies to monetize their patent assets via the secondary market.

Catalog Number: BUSCOM 920-0


Course History

Fall 2014
Title: Patent Trolls: Business Risks and Opportunities
Faculty: Rodriguez, Paul Louis
Section: 1     Credits: 0.5
Capacity: 35     Actual: 13