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Understanding the Non-practicing Entity (NPE) Phenomenon
Patents have been essential to the business models of many firms for a long time. However, only in recent years there has been a renewed interest in how patent exploitation and enforcement may be used as an autonomous business model to generate revenues and competitive advantages. Non-practicing entities (NPEs) purchase or acquire patents only to enforce them to generate revenues. Are NPEs patent trolls? Can companies be both? Is it bad or good for patent business?