An inside view to non-practicing entities business models: a case study

Kelli Lee Larson

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While patents have been essential to the business models of many
firms for a long time, it is only in recent years that 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), entities which purchase or acquire patents only
to enforce them to generate revenues, have taken advantage of a business
opportunity in creating various business models centred solely on the
exploitation and enforcement of patent rights. However, few empirical studies
have been conducted on how NPE business models precisely function, likely
due to the private nature of such entities and their strategic patent transactions.
This study aims to further our knowledge on the NPE phenomenon by
providing a unique glimpse into the method of operations of six NPE business
models and how they engage in the strategic management, exploitation and
enforcement of patent rights.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalInternational Journal of Intellectual Property Management
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)294-315
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 2013
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


  • 512 Business and Management
  • KOTA2013


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